FLASHBACK: Ernie Harwell gives Hall of Fame speech in 1981


“That one isĀ long gone!”

“It’s two for the price of one!”

“Straight down Woodward.”

Those were just a few of the trademark phrases courtesy of the late great Ernie Harwell. A baseball broadcaster for 55 seasons, Harwell spent 42 of his seasons in the booth calling games for the Detroit Tigers.

The Georgia-born Harwell served two separate stints doing play-by-play for the Tigers. His first spanned 32 years from 1960-91. After one year with the California Angels, he finished his broadcasting career back with the Tigers for ten more seasons.

To this day — and perhaps will be the only — Harwell remains the only baseball broadcaster ever to be traded between two clubs. In 1981, he was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame and named the recipient for the Ford C. Rick Award for “major contributions to baseball” as a broadcaster.

We flash back to that memorable day in 1981 in Cooperstown, when Ernie delivered his induction speech.

[Check out our other Ernie Harwell tributes: his definition of baseball, his ‘Voice of the Turtle’ rendition and his farewell speech at Comerica Park]

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