Ernie Harwell was a true gentleman. An old-school gentleman who wasn’t afraid to show emotion and talk about how much he cared about his marriage and his wife. We were lucky to have him as the announcer for the Detroit Tigers for 42 seasons, and then as an occasional commentator after his retirement. He passed on eight years ago now, with his wife of 68 years, his beloved Lulu, and his four children at his bedside. His bronze statue graces the Detroit stadium where the Tigers now play.
FILE — This is a Sept. 15, 2002, file photo showing Detroit Tigers Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell pausing near a statue honoring him that was unveiled inside the entrance to Comerica Park in Detroit, prior to a Tigers game against the Kansas City Royals. The Detroit Free Press reports that Harwell will be honored Wednesday night, Sept. 16, 2009, during a game against the Kansas City Royals. The 91-year-old recently announced he has inoperable cancer. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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