Ernie Harwell is the long-time voice of the Detroit Tigers. He
began his career with the Tigers in 1960 and, with the exception
of 1992, when he worked for the California Angels, his voice is
synonymous with Motor City baseball.
Harwell was born on January 25, 1918, in Washington, Georgia, and
is a graduate of Emory University. During World War II, he served
four years in the Marines.
Harwell began his career as a radio commentator on Atlantas
WSB in 1940. After working for the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern
Association, he made it to the big leagues in 1948, when he began
broadcasting games for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He later did play-by-play
for the New York Giants and Baltimore Orioles before moving to the
Detroit Tigers in 1960.
Whether talking about the pitching style of Mickey Lolich with
picturesque adjectives or the majesty of an Al Kaline home run with
his signature call of loooong gone, Harwells vivid
descriptions of games have earned him the respect of fans and his
His excellence at the microphone has been rewarded with numerous
trips to the post-season, including the broadcasting of the first
American League Championship Series and three World Series.
Ernie Harwell was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1998.
Harwell died on May 4, 2010 in Novi, Michigan. He was 92. The Detroit
Tigers made the announcement of his death.
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