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|Tigers Mourn Death of Longtime Announcer Harwell
|MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland tried to keep a stiff upper lip as he insisted Ernie Harwell should be celebrated, not mourned.
The tears in Leyland's eyes and the quiver in his voice said otherwise.
Leyland choked up while talking about Harwell, the beloved former broadcaster who died Tuesday at 92 after a battle with cancer.
The old-school manager said Harwell lived a full life and should be admired for the way he touched so many people in a positive way. Then he paid Harwell the highest compliment a baseball man can give, he said Harwell "was looked upon as a player, not an announcer."
Harwell called Tigers games for 42 years of his brilliant 55-year career behind the microphone and became one of the most treasured sports figures in Michigan history.
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