In 1973...although it somehow seems longer ago than that, Paul Carey joined legendary Detroit Tigers play by play announcer Ernie Harwell in the radio booth.
As a teenager and Tigers fan listening to games on the radio, Ernie and Paul not only described the ballgame being played, they taught us the rules, history, and passion of baseball played at the corner of Michigan & Trumbull Avenue in the Motor City.
We learned not only about how graceful Eddie Brinkman played shortstop, we learned about how Mickey Stanley moved flawlessly from center field to shortstop in the 1968 World Series, or how the great Billy Rogell turned double plays with Charlie Gehringer in the 1935 World Series.
Ernie would call innings 1-2-3, then Paul would do play by play for innings 4-5-6, and Ernie would return to do the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings...and if the game went extra innings, Paul would return as play by play.
We also learned about the other baseball games being played...on the out of town scoreboard...and after the Tigers games Paul would recap all the day's baseball on The Paul Carey Scoreboard Show."
"...for the Twins, 4 runs, 7 hits, 1 error, 5 men left on base..."
"...for Texas, 1 run, 6 hits, 2 errors, the Rangers left 8 men on base. "
We were spoiled, first by Ernie and Ray Lane, then Ernie and Paul Carey.
The mighty Ball Game in Heaven has another announcer, as Paul is joining in with the late Joe Garagiola, who passed away a couple of weeks ago.
Tonight we say a prayer for Paul Carey and his family, remembering the days of our youth, and the joy he gave us every time we heard "...Hello again everyone, this is Paul Carey."
Play Ball! 😇