Lions Bid Farewell to Legendary Tigers Announcer Ernie Harwell

Posted May 5, 2010

Legendary Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell passed away Tuesday at the age of 92.

Harwell's contribution to the game of baseball, sports broadcasting and to the entire state of Michigan is immeasurable.

"On behalf of the William Clay Ford family and the entire Detroit Lions organization, we extend our deepest sympathies to Mrs. Harwell, her family and Ernie‚Äôs extended family with the Tigers and throughout baseball," said Detroit Lions Team President Tom Lewand. 

"Detroit not only lost a legend, but Detroit Sports lost its voice. For those of us who grew up in Detroit, Ernie was as much a part of our childhood as grade school teachers and little league coaches.

"When you heard Ernie on that transistor radio during those hot summer nights, it was like a member of your family was talking to you. Ernie represented all that was good in sports and in life. He will be dearly missed."

The Lions honored Harwell last year as an honorary captain in the team's home opener against Minnesota.