Mr. Harwell’s popularity in Detroit and beyond was underestimated when, in 1990, WJR radio decided that the 1991 season would be his last. Bumper stickers, T-shirts and billboards carried messages of protest. Detroit Red Wings fans chanted, “We want Ernie!” at a hockey game.Fortunately, under new ownership, the Tigers were able to get Harwell back calling games in 1993.
I didn't really know much about Harwell until the Tigers invited him back for a tribute last September. And tonight I've done a little more searching. Here's an audio clip from Harwell's 1981 Hall of Fame induction speech:
Baseball will miss Ernie Harwell.