Hall of Fame announcer Ernie Harwell has inoperable cancer. The 91-year-old Tigers legend said good-bye at Comerica Park last night.
If you can read the story on Mr Harwell and and watch the video of him giving a little speech in the press box at freep.com without feeling it inside, you’re tougher than I am.
Baseball is such a great sport on the radio and the announcers become part of our lives. They’re in the car with us or they go to the beach with us. They give us something to doze off late at night when the team is on the West Coast. They are there 162 days and nights, through good times and bad.
When I started covering the Mets and we went out to Dodger Stadium, what impressed me most was meeting the great Vin Scully. Forget the players, they come and go. This was Vin Scully.
Mr. Harwell provided the soundtrack to the lives of so many Tigers fans. It was nice that they were able to honor him.