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Remembering Ernie Harwell

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We of course have a ton of content in our blog archives at the Acton Institute. Radio legend and former Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell passed away yesterday. The infectious joy and moral quality he exuded was so grand it is worth pointing you to a post I wrote in 2008. It has a good deal of information on Harwell, including these lines:

Harwell has many thrilling encounters and prestigious awards in his long life, but his most important encounter he says came on Easter morning in 1961 at a Billy Graham Crusade in Bartow, Florida. “Something told me I should go, and then I turned to Jesus, and ever since then my life hasn’t been the same since,” Harwell says.

Ray Nothstine Ray Nothstine is Associate Editor at the Acton Institute, and Managing Editor of Religion & Liberty. In 2005 Ray graduated with a Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Mississippi in Oxford. Before coming to Acton, Ray worked as a free-lance writer for several organizations, including the Institute on Religion and Democracy. He gained ministry experience in churches in Mississippi and Kentucky. After college, he also served on the staff of U.S. Congressman Gene Taylor (D-Miss) in Gulfport in 2001-02. The son of a retired Air Force pilot, Ray has also lived in Okinawa, Philadelphia, New England, Hawaii, and Egypt.


  • Marc Vander Maas

    Ernie was the greatest. His voice, along with that of his longtime partner Paul Carey, is forever embedded in my most cherished childhood (and beyond) memories. I received a scholarship from his foundation when I graduated from high school, and later had the privilege of speaking with him on the phone and thanking him personally when I worked as the producer of a local sports talk show. I can personally vouch for his friendliness and humility based on that conversation. There will never be another Ernie Harwell, true; I’m so thankful that I grew up as a Tigers fan and got to experience the one and only.

  • My son and I went to the visitation at Comerica Park. It was a beautiful evening. Well put on by the Tigers organization and well received by the fans. It was the best behavior I have seen in Detroit ever. Not a negative word or act. Ernie brought us together again, one last time.