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It's a sadder world without Ernie

Posted on: May 4, 2010 9:11 pm
 
A couple of weeks had gone by since Ernie Harwell told the world he had inoperable cancer, and Rick Reed called Harwell to say hello and offer a few words of support.

And all Harwell wanted to do was ask how Reed was doing in his return to umpiring, after suffering a stroke.

"I called to ask about him," Reed said a few days later. "And he kept asking about me."

And that was Ernie Harwell.

The baseball world is a sadder place tonight, with the news that Harwell died at his home in suburban Detroit. We knew it was coming, but it still leaves us with an empty feeling.

It leaves us wishing that Ernie was here to make us feel better.

He touched so many people in his 92 years, many through the radio and almost as many, it seemed, in person. I know, because it feels like everywhere I've gone in the seven years since Harwell retired as a Tiger broadcaster, someone has asked about him.

"How's Ernie? Do you see Ernie? Tell him I said hello."

The questions kept coming, after Harwell announced he had cancer, but the tone had changed. The questions were whispered.

"What do you hear about Ernie?"

Umpires asked. Scouts asked. Managers asked. And, of course, broadcasters asked.

They cared, because in one way or another, Harwell had shown he cared about them.

I know the feeling. I won't forget that he invited a rookie beat writer to have dinner with him and one of his friends years ago in Baltimore. Or that he called out of the blue years later to congratulate me for getting this job with CBSSports.com. I would never say we were close, except that Ernie had a way of making everyone feel they were close.

You knew it if you listened to the Tigers every night on the radio. You knew it if you were ever fortunate enough to meet him.

Rick Reed knew it.

That was Ernie Harwell.
Category: MLB
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2010 1:49 pm
 

It's a sadder world without Ernie

Living 75 miles down the road from Tiger Stadium, and with a European immigrant father who didn't know baseball, we never got to the stadium itself.  So for us kids growing up, America was baseball, baseball was the Tigers, and Tiger baseball was the voice of Ernie Harwell.  Now living in the land of the dreaded Yankees, baseball for me still is, and always will be, the beloved voice of Ernie Harwell.  He will be remembered fondly.


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