Ernie Harwell Quotes


I deeply appreciate the people of Michigan. I love their grit. I love the way they face life. I love the family values they have.

In radio they say nothing happens until the announcer says it happens.

The game's the thing. That's why people tune in. They don't tune in to hear an announcer.

Everybody in the minor leagues - if you're a player an announcer whatever - wants to be in the big leagues.

What happens with any announcer when he comes into an area if he stays four or five years and does a fairly decent job people accept him and he becomes part of the family.

Anything can happen. That's the beauty of creating.

That other saying I'm a part of all that I have met I think that would have to begin with my wonderful parents back in Atlanta when I was a youngster five years old I was tongue tied.

Also I'm a part of the people that I've worked with in baseball that have been so great to me Mr. Earl Mann of Atlanta who gave me my first baseball broadcasting job.

It's time to say goodbye but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.

I look on life as a joyous adventure.

Baseball just a came as simple as a ball and bat. Yet as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. A sport a business and sometimes almost even a religion.

Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words.

I think God always has the best for us.

I just have faith. It's just there. It's not any big deal.

With the Giants I broadcast the debut of Hall of Famer Willie Mays.

I've been lucky to broadcast some great events and to broadcast the exploits of some great players.

I have great faith that Heaven's there and I'll see my brothers and my mom and dad when I get there.

When I went to Brooklyn in 1948 Jackie Robinson was at the height of his brilliant career.

I'm a failed newspaper man myself.

Whatever happens I'm ready to face it

There's a man in Mobile who remembers that Honus Wagner hit a triple in Pittsburgh 46 years ago. That's baseball.

Baseball is a rookie his experience no bigger than the lump in his throat as he begins fulfillment of his dream.

A tall thin old man waving a scorecard from the corner of his dugout. That's baseball.

Nicknames are baseball names like Zeke and Pie and Kiki and Home Run and Cracker and Dizzy and Dazzy.

Baseball is the president tossing out the first ball of the season. And a scrubby schoolboy playing catch with his dad on a Mississippi farm.

Baseball is continuity. Pitch to pitch. Inning to inning. Season to season.

Baseball is a lot like life. It's a day-to-day existence full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life.

God blessed me by putting me here for thirty-one years at Michigan and Trumbull.

In my almost 92 years on this earth the good Lord has blessed me with a great journey.

The good Lord has blessed me with a great journey.

Everybody we meet has an influence on us and an impact - good or bad. And I think that's why we have to be careful with the way we handle people because what we're doing is making an impact.

It's been a terrific life.

I know that Jesus is in charge; he's walking with me.

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 love what I do. If I had my time over again I'd probably do it for nothing.

I have a great faith in God and Jesus.

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.

Needless to say I have more no-hitters than Nolan Ryan.

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 praise the Lord here today. I know that all my talent and all my ability comes from him and without him I'm nothing and I thank him for his great blessing.

I'd like to be remembered as someone who showed up for the job. I consider myself a worker.

I've found that if you wear a beret people think you're either a cabdriver or a producer of dirty movies.

Sparky's the only guy I know who's written more books than he's read.