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May 05, 2010


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Thank you Doug,

This is an excellent remembrance and tribute to a great man. Thank you for sharing.


This is a great story, with an excellent personal touch. I grew up outside of Los Angeles, and for me it's Vin Scully, so I know the personal feelings a fan feels for the voice of his team.

Jerry Phillips

Thanks old friend for your remembrances of Ernie Harwell. We in Michigan are a full of memories today at his passing. I ran down a lot of 9 volt batteries on the old transistor radio listening to him describe Tiger's games over the years as only he could. Sad to know that our "voice of summer" has been stilled.

For, lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of the singing of birds is come,
And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.

Jerry Phillips

Jamie Chesna

Nicely done, Doug. Always a pleasure to read and learn from all these years later. You're a great mentor and even better friend.

William Hammond

Ernie was a great human being who lived his life as an example of what everyone should stive for. I would often listen to Ernie (and Paul) with the TV on and the volume turned down. And when I was at the stadium I would have Ernie on an earphone. One of my great memories was sitting in Tiger Stadium (the real one) as the Tigers won it all in 1984! The day of the parade I went down to Michigan and Trumbull and asked Ernie for his autograph. After signing he turned and gave it to Jim Fetzer, Tom Monahan and Jim Campbell for each of them to sign. He was just that way, never arogant, always thoughtful. He will be missed and always very much loved.

Bill Hammond

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