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Ernie Harwell, R.I.P.
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While most baseball stats these days revolve around players' performance and salaries, there's one stat I'd like to trot out today that won't get mentioned beyond this week: 8,300.
That's how many games Ernie Harwell called as the official voice of the Detroit Tigers over 42 of his 55 years in broadcasting. He died on Tuesday after a short battle with cancer.
Fellow broadcaster Vin Scully summed Harwell up this way: "Probably the best word, he was gentle. And it came across. He just cared for people and he loved baseball. You can understand how the people in Detroit just loved him. I followed him into Brooklyn, and then I followed him into the [Hall of Fame]. He was such a lovely man. However that word is defined, that was Ernie."
Our industry thrives on the new and the now. But it's also important - in any industry - not to lose sight of the values and character that create that kind of staying power.
So long, Ernie. And thanks.