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Ernie Harwell: My 60 Years in Baseball

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For many fans, their lifetime of experience with the Detroit Tigers ensured them that when their team roared, it would be Ernie Harwell's smooth southern voice that would be heard above the din. After 42 years as the "Voice of the Detroit Tigers," the 2002 retirement of Harwell signaled the end of an era. This profile on the famed broadcaster provides the lesser-known details on the background of a Detroit institution. Known for his voice and talent for calling games, fans will be able to know the man ...

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Overview

For many fans, their lifetime of experience with the Detroit Tigers ensured them that when their team roared, it would be Ernie Harwell's smooth southern voice that would be heard above the din. After 42 years as the "Voice of the Detroit Tigers," the 2002 retirement of Harwell signaled the end of an era. This profile on the famed broadcaster provides the lesser-known details on the background of a Detroit institution. Known for his voice and talent for calling games, fans will be able to know the man himself and what brought him to—and kept him in—the Motor City. The only play-by-play broadcaster to cover games across seven decades, Harwell saw (and accumulated accompanying stories about) everyone from Babe Ruth to Ichiro Suzuki, many of which are shared in this entertaining biography.

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Many listeners know Ernie Harwell, the longtime Hall of Fame radio announcer for the Detroit Tigers, as one of the smoothest and wisest voices in baseball. Oddly enough, in 1991 Tiger management unceremoniously decided not to renew Harwell's contract. After great fan protest, this decision was ultimately overturned. Find out what the fuss is about in this easy-to-read tale, which should be purchased by all libraries serving Tiger fans and indeed by serious baseball collections nationwide. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572434516
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author


Tom Keegan is the baseball columnist for the New York Post. He has worked previously in Baltimore, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and has been covering major league baseball since 1985. He lives in Norwalk, Connecticut. Al Kaline is a former Major League Baseball right fielder for the Detroit Tigers, and current front office official with the same team. He is a 18-time All-Star selection and a 10-time Gold Glove Award recipient. He was part of the team that won the 1968 World Series, a game which was broadcast by Ernie Harwell. He is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He lives in the Detroit area.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2002

    A Gentleman of the Game

    My childhood was spent listening to Mr. Harwell describe McLain, Kaline, McAuliffe and the rest of the 60's Tigers. My friends wanted to grow up to be Tigers, my dream was to be Ernie's partner!! This book by and about a fine Christian man and his life will be enjoyable for all! My only regret is that my dream never came true except in my childhood bedroom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2002

    An American Original

    This Ernie Harwell is some sort of freak of nature. I mean, you listen to the guy on the radio and he sounds about 40. Then you read this book and are reminded he had Babe Ruth sign his tennis shoe, interviewed Connie Mack and Bobby Jones, covered a team Jackie Robinson played on, covered Willie Mays' rookie season, Bobby Thomson's shot heard 'round the world, and was the first voice of the Orioles, covering Brooks Robinson as a rookie. No wonder Ichiro made a point of meeting him when he came to Detroit. This was an easy read. I never knew Ernie Harwell was such a funny guy. His humor really comes across in this book. I'd have to say this is one of the most well-written baseball books I've ever read. My only criticism is I wish it was a little longer.

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