Ernie Harwell, the smooth and familiar voice of the Detroit Tigers for 42 seasons, and who called more than 8,000 games over a 55-year career, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. He was 92.
- KC's View:
- Harwell retired from broadcasting in 2002, but for many baseball fans remains an indelible and cherished memory because of a voice that became part of the soundtrack of their lives. During his last broadcast, he told his audience, “I might have been a small part of your life, but you've been a large part of mine.”
And here’s something I didn’t know, that Harwell called the “shot heard round the world” in 1951 when the New York Giants’ Bobby Thompson hit a home run off the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Ralph Branca, sending the Giants to the World Series and ending the Dodgers’ season.