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May 4, 2010

Ex-Orioles broadcaster Ernie Harwell dies

Longtime baseball broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who was the voice of the Orioles from 1954 to 1959, died Tuesday after a months-long battle with cancer.

He was 92.

You can find a story on Harwell's death here.

Posted by Steve Gould at 9:39 PM | | Comments (3)


Ernie will be missed. I had the opportunity to meet Ernie in his final season in 2002. The Tigers came to Oriole Park for their only visit that season and I had bought and read his book. I was working at the stadium then and I took my book down to the rail where he was standing and he graciously signed it. A season ticket holder snapped a photo of the two of us and the next day brought me an 8 X 10 of the photo. I took it to him and he thanked me for thinking enough of him to ask him to sign the photo of the two of us. I have it framed and it is one of my prized baseball possessions. He will definitely be missed.

Does anyone remember who Harwell shared announcing duties with when he was in Baltimore, in the '54-59 seasons?

I believe it was Herb Carneal that was the Oriole announcer with Harwell and before Thompson. I think Carneal left after the 1960 season.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

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