Tuesday, May 4

Ernie Harwell Dies at 92

Acclaimed Tigers broadcaster "Ernie Harwell" whose eloquence and kindness made him a beloved Michigan institution, died at the age of 92 on Tuesday night after a nearly year-long bout with cancer.

Officially, Ernie Harwell passed away on the evening of Tuesday, May 4th, 2010, at his home in Novi, Michigan, after nearly a year-long battle with cancer. He died in his apartment in Fox Run Village. His wife (68-year old) Lulu was said to be there at his side. He revealed just eight months prior to his life long fans he had a cancerous tumor in his bile ducts and was given just a few months to live. Ernie said prior to his death he knew he was dying.

"I'm ready to face what comes," he said at the time. "Whether it's a long time or a short time is all right with me because it's up to my Lord and savior."

Ernie Harwell is known for his low-key delivery, southern accent (Detroit "Ti-guhs"), and conversational style. Some of his trademark phrases are "that one is long gone" with an emphasis on "long.", "He stood there like a house on the side of the road as he watched it go by" after a strike out by the opposing team, and also " A fan from (insert a city) will be taking that ball home today" when a fan would catch a foul ball or a home run. Harwell would also begin the first spring training broadcast of each season with a reading from Song of Solomon 2:11-12 (KJV): "For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land."

Nationally, Harwell broadcast two All-Star Games (1958, 1961) and two World Series (1963, 1968) for NBC Radio, numerous ALCS and ALDS series for CBS Radio and ESPN Radio, and the CBS Radio Game of the Week from 1992 to 1997. He also called the 1984 World Series for the Tigers and WJR.
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