Ernie Harwell, RIP

The legendary Ernie Harwell, perhaps the greatest baseball announcer who ever lived, is dead at 92.

Perhaps nothing ever written better encapsulates the sacred place of the national pastime in American life better than his 1995 essay, “A Game for All America,” in which he notes:

Baseball? It’s just a game — as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. It’s a sport, business — and sometimes even religion.

Baseball is Tradition in flannel knickerbockers. And Chagrin in being picked off base. It is Dignity in the blue serge of an umpire running the game by rule of thumb. It is Humor, holding its sides when an errant puppy eludes two groundskeepers and the fastest outfielder. And Pathos, dragging itself off the field after being knocked from the box.

Thanks, Ernie. You’ll be missed.

One comment

  • Thanks for putting this up, Doc. My immediate feeling on hearing the news was wanting to write something that i didn’t really have time to do.

    I grew up listening to Harwell, and i loved baseball. I can tell you that you wouldn’t find a better baseball radio guy than Ernie. We Detroiters were lucky to have him, and i know i speak for all of us when i say that he’ll be missed. Even though he hasn’t been broadcasting for years, he was always a presence in the Tigers family and in the hearts of the fans.

    Peace be upon him.

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