R.I.P. Ernie Harwell: You've Earned It

Joe UnderhillCorrespondent IIIMay 7, 2010

NEW YORK - MAY 05:  Detroit Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell is honored before a game between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on May 5, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday, one of the greatest baseball announcers of all time past away. Ernie Harwell, the voice of Tigers baseball, died at the age of 92. 

As a lifelong Tigers fan, I have associated Harwell's voice with baseball since my early childhood. Harwell called games for the Tigers for 42 years. Every time I see a home run, I remember Ernie's "and its loooonnng gone!" or his, "two for the price of one," every time the Tigers would turn a double play.

Ernie was far more than just a great play-by-play announcer.

The Tigers have done a marvelous job honoring Ernie. Over 10,000 people filed by his casket at Comerica Park on Wednesday.

Ernie's legacy will be his kindness and gentleness; the gracious way he interacted with fans. 

Until the day he died, Ernie had been an example of what is good in sports. He was passionate about his sport, he loved his family and his God.

It seemed Ernie always had his priorities right, and had the balance in his life that we all look for. He faced death with the calmness and confidence he exhibited during his life. 

The world has lost a caring, loving gentleman. Ernie will be missed, and can never be replaced. Rest in peace Ernie, you've earned it.