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Ernie Harwell. Tigers broadcaster since 1960. Major League broadcaster since 1948. Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. This year marks his last as a broadcaster, and the Tigers honored him for all the years his given us, the fans.

The attending gang (minus me taking the picture.)Karl, Ray, Dad, Kathi and Tracy
Ernie arrives in style, in a Ford Thunderbird.
Ernie was part of baseball history in 1948, being th only announcer ever traded for a player. Ernie was brought to the Brooklyn Dodgers by Branch Rickey, while catcher Cliff Dapper was sent to the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern League. This was the first time the two men met.
Guest speakers included Al Kaline, Tigers Team president Dave Dombrowski, Ernie's longtime broadcast partner Paul Carey, Ernie's friend and fellow Marine, General Lawrence Taylor, former Tiger's president and currently working in the commisionners office, John McHale Jr., and president of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Dave Petrosky
Stretched across the outfield were banners signed by tens of thousands of Tigers fans this year at Comerica Park
Another of Ernie's former partners, Ray Lane, presented this Tiger's jersey: 42 for Ernie's fourty-two years with the Tigers.
The highlight of the ceremony was the unveiling of a status of Ernie at the entrance of the park.
Left field is home to statues of other Tiger greats: Willie Horton, Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer, Hal Newhouser, and Al Kaline.
Looking out from the left field concourse at the Tigers ferris wheel, and the Detroit Lions new football field: Ford Field.
Again from the concourse, looking over the entrance to Ford Field.
Nuff said.