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Inductee



William Ernest "Ernie" Harwell
"Ernie" Harwell, the voice of summer in Detroit. Since 1960 Harwell has called the action for the home Detroit Tigers. Named to the National Baseball Hall of Fame 1989, he began his broadcasting career in 1940 and began calling major league games in 1948. In addition to Detroit, Harwell has announced for the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants and Baltimore Orioles. Born in Washington, Georgia on January 25, 1918, at age 16 he became the Atlanta correspondent for the Sporting News and also worked in the sports department of the Atlanta Constitution. At age 22 he gained his first regular on-air experience broadcasting a nightly sportscast on WSB-Atlanta. A graduate of Emory University, he served in the Marine Corps during WWII. His first major league assignment was with Brooklyn in 1948. It was with the Dodgers that he had one of his biggest thrills - Bobby Thompson's "shot heard around the world" happened in 1951 during the first coast-to-coast telecast of a major sporting event. A multifaceted talent, he is an accomplished song writer with more than 50 songs recorded. Named to the National Sportscaster Hall of Fame and awarded the National Lowell Thomas Award for Distinguished Acheivement. Inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.





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