Harwell truly a 'Living Legend'

Ernie Harwell took great pride in painting the word picture for fans during his illustrious broadcasting career.

Originally Published: August 6, 2003
By Mark Simon | Special to ESPN.com

Ernie Harwell has broadcast more than 8,000 baseball games, so it figures that he has seen just about everything baseball has to offer. On his first night at the microphone calling a major-league game, he got a taste of what was in store.

"August 4, 1948,'' said the 85-year-old Harwell, for whom storytelling is a specialty and an art. "I was supposed to do the game on August 3, but it got rained out. I had to spend 24 hours waiting for my debut. It was a night game -- the Dodgers against ...

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