Baseball is going to miss Ernie Harwell

I don’t remember too many facts from that day. I know it was March, perhaps in 2003, and I was at the ballpark in Lakeland, Florida, getting ready for a spring training broadcast.

That day I would host the Orioles pregame show for my then employer, WBAL Radio. It was several hours before the game and almost no one was in the stadium at the time.

I was the only person in the main area of the press box for a while. Then I felt a tap on my shoulder. An older, gray-haired man extended his hand and said, “Hi, I’m Ernie Harwell. Welcome to Lakeland.”

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