175 Makers of History: William Earnest Harwell

William Earnest "Ernie" Harwell 40C
Legendary Sportscaster

Ernie Harwell

William Earnest "Ernie" Harwell wrote to Sporting News when he was sixteen, signing his name "W. Earnest Harwell" to seem older.

After graduating from Emory, Harwell covered games of the minor-league Atlanta Crackers. Harwell went to the major leagues in 1948, when the Brooklyn Dodgers recruited him. The Atlanta owner insisted that a minor-league player be added to the deal in exchange, making Harwell the only broadcaster ever traded.

In 1960, the Detroit Tigers hired Harwell and, in forty-two years, he missed only two games, including the day he was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 1989.