Harwell was doing the first coast-to-coast telecast of a major sporting event when Thomson connected. Ernie remembers blurting "It's gone" as Thomson swung, and then sweating it out as he waited for the ball to clear the fence.
His excellent account of Wilhelm's no-hitter is in the Hall of Fame's library, as is his well-known essay, "Baseball—A Game for All America," a tribute to baseball.
Harwell places "wearability" at the top of his list of requisites for broadcasting success. "You're visiting so many homes for three hours every day or night that you have to be yourself."