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Legendary Tigers Broadcaster Dies

May 4, 2010

This man was the voice of my childhood…

The Detroit Tigers say longtime Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell has died. He was 92.

Harwell called Tigers games for more than four decades and was one of Michigan’s most beloved sports figures. Spokesman Brian Britten said Tuesday that the team learned about Harwell’s death from his agent.

Harwell announced in September that he had been diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the bile duct.

Harwell started with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948 and continued with the New York Giants and Baltimore Orioles before joining the Tigers in 1960.

The Baseball Hall of Fame honored Harwell in 1981 with the Ford C. Frick Award, given annually to a broadcaster for major contributions to baseball.

The Detroit Free Press said Harwell died Tuesday at his home in Novi. The Tigers did not have additional details.

Here’s another article about him.

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2 Comments
  1. We would listen to him every Friday evening going up to our cabin. On one trip the Tigers were not playing that evening. My brother said it just wasn’t the same trip without Ernie Harwell.

  2. Bonnie permalink

    Harry Kalas was the voice of my childhood, so I know how you feel. We grieve with you.

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