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Honoring Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell

May 5, 2010 |  3:21 pm


The Detroit Tigers plan to honor late radio play-by-play announcer Ernie Harwell at their next home game, Monday versus the New York Yankees at Comerica Park.

A flag with Harwell's initials will be raised behind center field at the park, and it will fly through the rest of the season. The Tigers will also wear a patch on their uniforms in remembrance of him.

Harwell, who called games for the Tigers for 42 seasons, died Tuesday at his home in Novi, Mich. He was 92. (Click here to read the full obituary.)

Fans in Detroit will be able to pay their respects to Harwell at a public viewing Wednesdday at the ballpark. His family plans a private memorial service.

Donations may be made to the Ernie Harwell Collection at the Detroit Public Library or to the Ernie Harwell Foundation, which funds college scholarship, c/o S. Gary Spicer, 16845 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe, Mich. 48230.

Click here to see more tributes at the Tigers website.

-- Claire Noland

Photo: Ernie Harwell in 2002, standing next to a statue bearing his likeness at Comerica Park in Detroit. Credit: Associated Press