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PostSubject: Harwell honored for lifetime achievement   Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:56 pm

Harwell honored for lifetime achievement
Broadcaster bestowed Fordham's Vin Scully Award

By Lisa Winston / MLB.com

02/11/10 2:02 PM EST

Legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell will be honored this May with the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting, presented annually by WFUV, a National Public Radio station broadcast out of Scully's alma mater, Fordham University.

Harwell, 92, spent more than 40 of his 55-year career on the air with the Detroit Tigers. He will be honored at the WFUV Radio Spring Gala on May 5 at Gotham Hall in New York.

Though Harwell's name and voice has become virtually synonymous with the Tigers, for whom he broadcast games from 1960-2002, he began his career back in 1946 as the radio voice of the Atlanta Crackers and also worked with the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants and Baltimore Orioles before heading to Detroit.

Harwell was awarded the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award in 1981, and is also a member of the Radio Hall of Fame and Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

He becomes the third recipient of the Scully Award, named in honor of the Fordham alumni who received the inaugural award in 2008. Dick Enberg of CBS Sports won the award last year.

Lisa Winston is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: Harwell honored for lifetime achievement   Tue May 04, 2010 12:24 am

Kaline to accept award on Harwell's behalf


By Jason Beck / MLB.com

05/03/10 10:11 PM ET

MINNEAPOLIS -- Hall of Famer Al Kaline will accept the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting on behalf of play-by-play great Ernie Harwell in a ceremony Wednesday night in New York City.

The award, given by Fordham University's WFUV radio, is presented as part of the station's spring gala. Scully, a Fordham graduate and the longtime voice of the Dodgers, was the award's inaugural recipient in 2008, followed by current Padres broadcaster Dick Enberg last year.

Harwell was named as the award winner over the winter, but was not expected to attend. He was diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the bile duct last year and has been resting at home. Like Harwell, Kaline was a longtime Tigers broadcaster after his playing career before joining the Tigers front office as a special assistant in 2003.

"The players absolutely love him," Kaline said of Harwell in a statement. "When he was broadcasting and would come into the locker room before the game, the guys wouldn't head to the training room. They were hoping that he was coming to talk to them! Ernie was especially helpful to other aspiring broadcasters, whether in college or high school or just starting out. He was kind of like a 'big brother' to everyone."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


"If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed." Source: TV Guide Interview (April 3, 1982)
-- Sparky Anderson
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