The Detroit Tigers paid final respects to legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell last night with a ceremony at Comerica Park.
The Detroit Tigers paid final respects to legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell last night with a ceremony at Comerica Park before the team's match-up with the New York Yankees.
A white flag bearing Harwell's initials was raised beneath Old Glory on the center-field pole. Jose Feliciano, who almost got Harwell fired from the Tigers in 1968 over his rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner during the World Series, was on hand to pay tribune to his longtime friend.
Also on hand: Howard Stitzel, Harwell's former broadcast engineer. Stitzel called Harwell "The Kid" — he's actually a year older than Harwell and was more experienced when Harwell came to the Tigers — and began working on Tigers broadcasts in 1948.
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