The Last Pitch: Farewell to Ernie Harwell
May 5, 2010
“I’d like to be remembered as someone who showed up for the job. I consider myself a worker. I love what I do. If I had my time over again, I’d probably do it for nothing.”
Like thousands of other people, whenever I see a picture like this of my beloved Detroit Tigers, the voice that narrates it in my head is the voice of William Earnest “Ernie” Harwell, who passed away last night at the age of 92.
- Only broadcaster ever involved in a trade
- Called Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World”: 10-3-51
- Called Hoyt Wilhelm’s no-hitter: 9-2-58
- Called two All-Star Games (1958, ’61) for NBC Radio
- Called three World Series (1963, ’68, ’84)
- 1981 Ford C. Frick Award winner (the photo they use is Ernie’s microphone)
- Called first game at Detroit’s Comerica Park: 4-11-00 (here’s the farewell address he gave there)
He also called the pitch from Todd Jones in the photo above that ended the last game ever at Detroit’s Tiger Stadium on September 27, 1999.
Struck him out.
I’m thinking Ernie would have liked this photo from Barney even more, but I already blogged it. More in his terrific Baseball as Art set (slideshow) and more about Ernie Harwell and the Detroit Tigers on Michigan in Pictures.