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Fri February 12, 2010
Tigers' Harwell to receive Vin Scully award
NEW YORK – Ernie Harwell will receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting.
The Hall of Fame broadcaster for the Detroit Tigers will receive the award on May 5 in New York. The 92-year-old Harwell was the voice of the Tigers from 1960 to 2002.
He said last September he has inoperable cancer, a month after surgery for an obstructed bile duct. He was honored with a tribute during a game at Comerica Park on Sept. 16.
Harwell's 55-year career began in Atlanta in 1946. He moved two years later to the Brooklyn Dodgers. After stints with the New York Giants and Baltimore Orioles, he started his long association with the Tigers.
Harwell was voted the 1981 Ford Frick Award for major contributions to baseball by the Hall of Fame.
The Scully award is named for the longtime Dodgers broadcaster, who won the Frick Award in 1982.