The baseball world lost one of the good guys today with the news of Ernie Harwell passing away at the age of 92.

Harwell was a giant in the sport and in what he meant to baseball especially to Tigers fans. The Hall of Fame announcer spent 42 years calling Tigers games during an era where more people were listening on the radio, and Harwell became the voice of summer for many fans. He also still remains the only announcer ever to be traded for a player when the Brooklyn Dodgers acquired him for a catcher in 1948.

I could sit here and try to sum up meaningful words in an attempt to explain his importance to the game or to the fans growing up listening to Harwell, but since I did not have the chance to experience that firsthand, I’ll let Craig Calcaterra from Hardball Talk do just that.

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