Detroit Tigers Legend Ernie Harwell Dies At 92
May 4, 2010 at 5:41 PM (PT)
Legendary DETROIT TIGERS Hall of Fame broadcaster ERNIE HARWELL has died at the age of 92. HARWELL, who battled bile duct cancer for the past year, passed away TONIGHT at a retirement center in DETROIT suburb NOVI, MI.
HARWELL's career in radio started when he called ATLANTA CRACKERS minor league baseball for WSB-A/ATLANTA. After a stint in the MARINES, HARWELL called BROOKLYN DODGERS games in 1948-49, moving to the crosstown GIANTS in 1950-53 (calling the famous BOBBY THOMSON "shot heard 'round the world" for NBC television in 1951), calling BALTIMORE ORIOLES games in 1954-59, then replacing VAN PATRICK as the voice of the TIGERS in 1960. He was dropped by the TIGERS and WJR-A/DETROIT in 1991, briefly called CALIFORNIA ANGELS games in 1992, and returned to the TIGERS under new ownership in 1993.
HARWELL was scheduled to receive the 2010 VIN SCULLY Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting from FORDHAM UNIVERSITY on WEDNESDAY (5/5).