Sad News: Legendary Tigers Broadcaster Ernie Harwell Has Incurable Cancer

Midwest Sports FansAnalyst ISeptember 4, 2009

Via the ESPNMLB Twitter account, legendary Detroit Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell has been diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer. Per the AP report (via ESPN) on Harwell’s cancer diagnosis:

The 91-year-old Harwell, who was in the Tigers’ broadcast booth from 1960 until he retired in 2002, remains upbeat after an inoperable tumor was found in the area of the bile duct.

Harwell is later quoted as saying that whatever is in store, he’s ready for a “new adventure.” He said he’s lost some weight but is not in pain.

The Hall of Fame broadcaster spent 42 of his 55 years in the profession announcing Tigers games, and is among the all-time titans of the industry.

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* – Ernie Harwell photo credit: Detroit Public Library