Ernie Harwell was the voice of the Detroit Tigers for 42 years. He passed away yesterday at his home in Michigan with his wife of 68 years by his side.
Being a Reds fan, this makes me think of Joe Nuxhall.
Children today don’t understand the importance of a baseball broadcaster. There are so many different ways to consume media that the intimacy of your team’s announcer often gets lost in the shuffle.
Before the days streaming games to your phone and watching the high definition action on a big screen, baseball fans welcomed their team’s announcer into their homes through the radio. I love modern technology, but sometimes I also like to close my eyes and think of old times.
There is a generation of Tigers’ fans that grew up listening to Harwell and feel like they lost a member of their family. Please know that Reds Country knows how you feel and our hearts go out to all of you.