Tag:Ernie Harwell
Posted on: May 17, 2011 3:18 pm

Killebrew: 'A lot like Ernie Harwell'

The Twins family gathered at Target Field Tuesday afternoon, saddened by the death of Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew.

"He was a lot like Ernie Harwell," said ex-Twin and ex-Tiger Jack Morris.

Morris and Killebrew were among the ex-Twins who have become a more common sight around the team in recent years, thanks in large part to efforts by club president Dave St. Peter.

And Morris said Killebrew cared deeply about the team, right to the end.

"He was more worried about how [manager Ron Gardenhire] was holding up and whether Joe Mauer was going to play than he was about how he was doing," Morris said. "Some of the guys who went to see him last week said that, that he asked, 'How's Gardy doing? How's Mauer?'"
Posted on: December 30, 2010 6:06 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2010 6:12 pm

Ex-big leaguer Boros dies at 74

What a sad year this has been for the Tigers.

Ernie Harwell died. Sparky Anderson died. Bill Lajoie died.

And last night, Steve Boros.

Maybe he wasn't as well known as the other three, but I'd challenge you to find anyone who knew him and didn't like him. And just about anyone who spent time in baseball over the last 50 years ran into Boros at one time or another.

He was a $25,000 Tigers bonus baby in 1957, a local kid signed out of Flint and the University of Michigan. He was never a big-league star, but he spent parts of seven seasons with the Tigers, Reds and Cubs. He later managed in the big leagues, with the 1983-84 A's and the 1986 Padres. He was one of the first managers to make use of a computer.

Boros came back to the Tigers in 1996, working first as minor-league field coordinator and then in other jobs through 2004.

Boros was 74.

Posted on: May 7, 2010 9:53 am
Edited on: May 7, 2010 9:56 am

3 to watch: The Ernie and Robby edition

In Detroit, 10,000 fans showed up at Comerica Park on a day when there was no game. That's what Ernie Harwell meant to people in Michigan.

In Philadelphia, players will hang a No. 36 jersey in their dugout for every game the rest of the season, in honor of a man who last played for the team before any of them were born. That's what Robin Roberts meant to the Phillies.

If you didn't know Harwell -- or especially if you did -- check out "Ernie Harwell: We'll Remember," the tribute produced by Fox Sports Detroit.

If you didn't know Roberts -- or especially if you did -- check out the fine tributes on philly.com.

And join us for this memorial edition of 3 to watch, focusing on Harwell's beloved Tigers, Roberts' beloved Phillies, and the Orioles, the one team that employed both of them:

1. When Harwell came to the Tigers in 1960, his first game was a 15-inning, 4-2 win over the Indians in Cleveland. This weekend, it's Tigers at Indians, Friday night (7:05 EDT) at Progressive Field . 15 innings, anyone? The Tigers will be wearing an "EH" patch on their uniforms, as they will for the rest of the season.

2. 15 innings? That's nothing. In Philadelphia, they still talk about the day in 1952 when the Phils played a 17-inning game against the Boston Braves -- and Roberts went the distance. What a pitching line: 17-18-6-5-3-5. And, of course, he won, improving to 23-7 on the season. We're not expecting more of the same in Braves at Phillies, Friday night (7:05 EDT) at Citizens Bank Park . But we do know that Phillies starter Jamie Moyer, like so many of his teammates, is a longtime Roberts admirer. 17 innings, anyone?

3. Harwell's first major league job was with the Dodgers, famously going to Brooklyn from the minor league Atlanta Crackers in a trade for catcher Cliff Dapper. He went from the Dodgers to the Giants in 1950, and was the television voice for Bobby Thomson's Shot Heard 'Round the World. But he had stronger ties to the Orioles, who he joined in 1954, the year they moved to Baltimore from St. Louis. Harwell left for Detroit after the 1959 season. Roberts arrived in town three years later, after he was released by the Yankees. Harwell's first Orioles team lost 100 games, and changed managers at the end of the season. Roberts' Orioles didn't lose 100, but they did release him midway through the 1965 season. Things aren't too good in Baltimore now, and with another tough series this weekend, including Orioles at Twins, Friday night (8:10 EDT) at Target Field , time could be running out on current manager Dave Trembley.

Posted on: May 4, 2010 9:11 pm

It's a sadder world without Ernie

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
Posted on: September 4, 2009 11:38 am

'A new adventure'

He called it "a new adventure."

Ernie Harwell has incurable cancer, and he called it "a new adventure."

"That's the way I look at it," Harwell told the Detroit Free Press .

Who else would put it that way? But then, who else would have felt such a need to explain that retirement at age 84 wasn't really gonig to be retirement?

"I'd love to do some radio and TV work," Harwell said on that morning 7 1/2 years ago. "We've been talking about some audio books, maybe. If I could get a real hip-hop song in my pocket, I might go back to song-writing. I hope to continue to write my column."

And he did.

He's 91 now, and he's written three books since he "retired." He also put together an audio scrapbook, and served as a spokesman for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. And he's still writing that column.

The news that he has cancer hits hard at all of us who have known him, and even at those who knew him only through his broadcasts. He has touched many people, in person or through that radio.

He's still touching us, by the way he is dealing with what most of us would call terrible news.

Ernie Harwell calls it "a new adventure."
Category: MLB
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