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Harwell's influence will still thrive in Michigan
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DETROITErnie Harwell is 91 years old. He has an incurable form of cancer. He knows that he will leave us soon. And yet there he was Wednesday night, arms thrust into the air as he walked onto the field, face glowing with a smile, an entire ballpark cheering and crying for him. For a moment, he didn't appear sick at all. "It's a wonderful night for me," he said. "I really feel lucky to be here. And I want to thank you." More applause. More tears. More emotional than any of us imagined.
An excerpt from Harwell's Hall of Fame speech:|
"Baseball is just a game 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 tongue-tied kid from Georgia growing up to be an announcer and praising the Lord for showing him the way to Cooperstown. This is a game for America. Still a game for America, this baseball!"