Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words.— Ernie Harwell
The most vibrant Ernie Harwell quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
If I walked back into the booth in the year 2025, I don't think it would have changed much. I think baseball would be played and managed pretty much the same as it is today. It's a great survivor.
I've found that if you wear a beret, people think you're either a cabdriver or a producer of dirty movies.
So much happened (in 1968) it was hard to keep up with everything.
We had Denny McLain's thirty-one victories, Gates Brown's great pinch-hitting in the clutch, Tom Matchick's home run to beat Baltimore in the ninth inning, then Daryl Patterson striking out the side to beat them in the ninth. Excitement every day in the ballpark.
I had a job to do, and I did it all these years to the best of my ability.
That's what I'd like to leave behind as I finish my final game in Toronto.
Whatever happens, I'm ready to face it.
Sparky's the only guy I know who's written more books than he's read.
I decided very early that I was going to be a reporter, that I would not cheer for the team. I don't denigrate people who do it. It's fine.
I have great faith that Heaven's there and I'll see my brothers and my mom and dad when I get there.
The good Lord has blessed me with a great journey.
Needless to say, I have more no-hitters than Nolan Ryan.
I have a great faith in God and Jesus.
Baseball is continuity. Pitch to pitch. Inning to inning. Season to season.
In radio, they say, nothing happens until the announcer says it happens.
I love what I do. If I had my time over again, I'd probably do it for nothing.
Anything can happen. That's the beauty of creating.
I think once you start as an announcer, you have to decide what kind of approach you're going to have. I decided very early that I was going to be a reporter, that I would not cheer for the team. I don't denigrate people who do it. It's fine. I think you just have to fit whatever kind of personality you have, and I think my nature was to be more down the middle and that's the way I conducted the broadcasts.
I think God always has the best for us.
The greatest single moment Ive ever known in Detroit was Jim Northrups triple in the seventh game of the World Series in St. Louis. It was a stunning moment because not only were the Tigers winning a world championship that meant so much to an entire city, they were beating the best pitcher I ever saw-Bob Gibson.
Nicknames are baseball, names like Zeke and Pie and Kiki and Home Run and Cracker and Dizzy and Dazzy.
Wheaties was the big sponsor in those days (1940s).
They sponsored almost all the baseball games in the majors and the minors. That was a lot of Wheaties. I think there were twenty-four boxes in a case and some of these guys were hitting twenty-five and thirty home runs a season. We had a dog in those days named Blue Grass and the players used to give us their Wheaties for him. Blue Grass loved Wheaties and so did I.