The man whose voice welcomed baseball fans to every new season with a reading from Song of Solomon has passed.
Longtime Detroit Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell succumbed to cancer this afternoon at the age of 92. He had publicly announced in September that a tumor in his bile duct was inoperable.
“I’m ready to face what comes,” he said at the time. “Whether it’s a long time or a short time is all right with me because it’s up to my Lord and savior.”Harwell is survived by Lulu, his wife of 68 years.
In the ensuing months, in an emotional farewell ceremony at Comerica Park, in his columns for the Free Press and in interviews with national media, Harwell referred to death as his next great adventure, a gift handed down by God.
“I’ve had so many great ones,” he said. “It’s been a terrific life.”