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Thank you to Ernie Harwell

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , on May 5, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

I feel somewhat cheated. It was not until the last year of so — thanks to the MLB Network — did I really get to understand the greatness of Ernie Harwell. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area thousands of miles away from Detroit. Instead of Harwell, I listened to Bill King and Lon Simmons. Not exactly chopped liver.

But what I’ve learned over the last year or so about Harwell is enough to give any baseball fan the chills.

He was a bridge from the present into the past. He met Babe Ruth as a kid, he rubbed elbows with Ty Cobb, and interacted with other legends of the game.

And he gave us several moments, the most popular of which is probably calling the Shot Heard ‘Round the World.

I’m grateful to have written to Harwell, to express my gratitude before his passing. In return I received this autograph displayed above. Harwell was a class act, a sponge of knowledge. We certainly have lost a great one.

Ernie Harwell has inoperable cancer

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , on September 4, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

I was sad to see this story today reporting that Ernie Harwell, longtime Tigers broadcaster, has inoperable cancer. The 91-year-old is a baseball legend, and I feel fortunate to have obtained his signature on this Topps All-Time Favorites card through the TTM process last year. It’s hard to imagine that Mr. Harwell will spend too much time signing for his adoring fans. According to the story, he’ll spend time with his family, and finishing a book.