Wednesday, May 5, 2010

May 5: Sniglets On Pat Riley and Ernie Harwell

By Sylvia Gurinsky

No, Pat. Not again. Please.

Don't do to Erik Spoelstra what you did to Jeff Van Gundy.

The Miami Heat needs better players and a new contract for Dwyane Wade, not a new coach - or, rather, an old coach who keeps coming back from his front office post.


Ernie Harwell, the legendary broadcaster of the Detroit Tigers, had the chance to say goodbye.

That doesn't make the news of his death yesterday at age 92 any easier. Harwell's fan base went beyond Tiger Town because of his years calling postseason games on CBS Radio, and taking part in other projects.

Harwell started his big league announcing career with the Brooklyn Dodgers, eventually being followed by a kid named Vin Scully, who still works with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Arguably, there have not been two better voices in baseball during the last 60 years.

While Tiger management's treatment of Harwell could sometimes be inexplicable, Harwell was all class during the 42 years he spent in the team's broadcast booth. He was part of the team's glory seasons in 1968 and 1984, when the Tigers won the World Series. He was part of millions of fans' nightly plans during the baseball season - fans who would take radios to the ballpark or elsewhere.

Harwell received many honors, including induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. When the Tigers honored Harwell last year, he said "Thank you."

No, Ernie. Thank you.

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