Ernie Harwell information

Here is a compilation of Ernie Harwell related articles, videos, and information about ceremonies and remembrances. The above picture was taken by current Tigers broadcaster and former radio partner of Harwell, Dan Dickerson shortly after the news filtered out last night.


The funeral and memorial will be a private affair. However, there will be a public viewing taking place at Comerica Park on Thursday May 6th. The viewing begins at 7 a.m. at Gate A. It will last as long as it takes and complimentary parking is available in Lots 1, 2, and 3.

To further the endowment of the Ernie Harwell Collection at the Detroit Public Library and to fund partial college scholarships, please send memorial donations to the Ernie Harwell Foundation c/o S. Gary Spicer, 16845 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe, MI 48230.

The team will wear uniform patches for the remainder of the season and a flag will be raised at Comerica Park prior to the May 10th game against the New York Yankees.

In light of the news of Ernie Harwell’s passing, MLB Network will re-air Harwell’s interview on “Studio 42 with Bob Costas” tomorrow, Wednesday, May 5 at 4:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. CT.


Below is an audio clip of Dan Dickerson and Jim Price both announcing, and coming to terms with the news during the first inning of last night’s game. It was painful, poignant, and touching. Dan and Jim had to experience their grief over the air, live. A terrific job by both.

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11 thoughts on “Ernie Harwell information”

  1. It broke my heart to hear Dan and Jim barely able to keep it together on the air. That brief clip is so poignant and really speaks to the impact that Ernie has had on people.

  2. Like so many, Ernie touched my life, too. As a high schooler, a friend and I got sit with Ernie and Paul in the booth for a game. I’ve written about the experience on my blog. Click on my name above to read.

  3. I spent some of my younger years in Michigan, and growing up have been a baseball player and most importantly a baseball fan of the Detroit Tigers. I remember long ago those summer nights sitting outside my parent’s house with my radio turned to WJR 760 hoping I would get a strong enough signal to listen to Ernie Harwell and Paul Carey call the Tigers game that night. I never could figure out how he knew where those people lived, the ones who caught the foul balls. The way he announced a Tigers home run gave me shivers, it was amazing to listen to. Or the way he called the caught looking strike out (he stood there like the house by the side of the road and watched that one go by). A special part of my childhood is gone now with Ernie’s passing. I’m so blessed to be one of the people who were fortunate to hear Ernie call a Tigers game with that special southern drawl that made listening to Tiger games so special. I will miss you Ernie. God bless you and your family. You will be sorely missed to all baseball fans.

  4. I grew up listening to George Kell and Ernie Harwell calling Tigers games on TV and Radio until the day I moved from Michigan to Utah. The first time I drove back home (No matter where I LIVE, Detroit, Michigan, will ALWAYS BE HOME to me) as I crossed the Michigan state line I automatically tuned the radio to WJR looking for a Tiger game. When I didn’t hear either Ernie or George’s voices (or even Ray Lane or Paul Carrey) it sounded like just another baseball game, NOT a Tigers game.

    Ernie WAS Tiger baseball.

    Even now when I listen to Tiger games online, I keep hoping to hear them come on the air so that I’ll know it’s the Tigers. I guess it’s a Detroit thing. Even though I KNOW it is a Tigers game because the online score board says so, it’s still NOT a Tigers game to me without George or Ernie.

  5. Thanks for posting that audio clip, Bill. I was at the Whitecaps/Loons game that evening and didn’t find out until after the game. I can only imagine how tough that must have been to get through for them.

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