Thursday, July 28, 2005

USATODAY.com - Longtime Tigers voice weighs in

USATODAY.com - Longtime Tigers voice weighs in: "The caller asks, 'May I speak with Ernie, please?'

'This is Ernie.'

The caller strays from the topic at hand for a moment, hankering for the man on the other end to continue in his sweet, slow Georgia drawl: 'Hi everybody. This is Ernie Harwell. It's a pleasant summer night here at Tiger Stadium. The Minnesota Twins are in town for the start of a three-game series.'"

And I'm 9 years old again, with a little transistor radio, listening to his calling the game--Frank Lary, Norm Cash, and my hero at the time, Al Kaline.

USA Today also has a tape of Harwell calling the end of Denny McLain's 30th win, along with some other classic sports announcers. Go to

USA Today Classic Radio Calls

1 Comments:

Blogger Richard Wolfe said...

The way Ernie topped off a career as a gracious gentleman: when new management at WJR "retired" him in favor of younger blood, and his public let loose a cry of outrage, he gave an interview in which he supported the decision, saying that it was about time somebody else had a chance.

August 01, 2005 7:29 PM  

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