MLB to honor Ernie Harwell

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009 5:12 PM
Last updated 7:22 PM
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DETROIT – Ernie Harwell says it’s “fantastic” that MLB Productions is naming one of its studios after him.

The Secauscus, N.J.-based company announced Thursday that the studios in which “This Week in Baseball” and other shows it produces will be named after Harwell, Mel Allen and Vin Scully.

Harwell, who is from Washington, Ga., recently told reporters he has inoperable cancer.

The 91-year-old Baseball Hall of Fame honoree and longtime broadcaster for the Detroit Tigers began feeling ill this summer. He had surgery last month for an obstructed bile duct. Doctors found a cancerous tumor and have advised him against further surgery.

Harwell spent 42 of his 55 years as a broadcaster calling Tigers games, from 1960 to 2002, after being a voice of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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