Ernie Harwell, the voice of the Detroit Tigers for nearly half a century, died Tuesday evening after a battle with cancer. He was 92.
Harwell spent 42 years as a broadcaster with the Tigers after beginning his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948. While working for the Dodgers, he called the famous “Shot Heard Round the World” at the Polo Grounds in what marked the first nationally televised broadcast of a major sporting event in the United States.
In all, he called over 8,000 games at the Major League level.
Harwell’s trademark calls–“looooooooooooong gone” and “two for the price of one” will always be remembered.
The Tigers honored Harwell, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, last September shortly after his illness was made public. He spent his last few months in a assisted living facility near Detroit, and was accompanied by his wife of 68 years and four children when he passed away.
The public will be allowed to pay their respects to Harwell Thursday at Comerica Park.
He is survived by his wife Lulu, four children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
It’s safe to say Ernie Harwell lived a very rewarding life.