DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers say longtime 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.
Reds Hall of Fame announcer Marty Brennaman said "Ernie Harwell, it goes without saying, was one of the greatest in the history of our profession. More important than that, however, he was one of the finest people I've ever known. I was privileged to call Ernie my friend. I will miss him greatly."