They say the
second time around is better than the first. Hopefully that
will stand true for Ernie Harwell, voice of the Detroit
Tigers for 30 years before retiring in 1991, who has decided
to return to the broadcast booth for the 1999 season. Ernie
Harwell has distinguished himself as one of the truly great
baseball announcers in the nation.
announcing major league baseball action in 1948. His many
years of service to the Detroit Tigers followed six seasons
with the Baltimore Orioles, four with the New York Giants,
and nearly two with the Brooklyn Dodgers. A Veteran of three
World Series, two All-Star Games, and numerous league
championships, he broadcast the first coast-to-coast
telecast of a major sporting event, the deciding game of the
1951 playoffs between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn
Dodgers. This incredible game featured Bobby Thompson's
dramatic game-winning home run, known as "The Shot Heard
'Round the World".
As the author of
The Game for All America and his latest book,
Turned to Baseball, Harwell has been a frequent
contributor to "The Sporting News", "Esquire", and "Parade".
He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.
Recently, "Sports Illustrated" selected Harwell as the radio
announcer for it's all-time baseball dream
Harwell has had a
long and illustrious career behind the microphone. He has
demonstrated a standard of accuracy and reliability, with a
distinctive style of play-by-play and a love for the game
that has earned him the respect of all. It is with great
pride that the American Sportscasters Association inducts
Ernie Harwell into the Sportscasters Hall of