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Published May 04, 2010, 09:15 PM

Longtime Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell dies

Hall of Fame broadcaster was 92

By: Larry Lage, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers say longtime broadcaster Ernie Harwell has died. He was 92.

Harwell called Tigers games for more than four decades and was one of Michigan's most beloved sports figures. Spokesman Brian Britten said Tuesday that the team learned about Harwell's death from his agent.

Harwell announced in September that he had been diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the bile duct.

Harwell started with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948 and continued with the New York Giants and Baltimore Orioles before joining the Tigers in 1960.

In Baltimore, Harwell's partner was Herb Carneal, who announced Minnesota Twins games from 1962 to 2006.

The Baseball Hall of Fame honored Harwell in 1981 with the Ford C. Frick Award, given annually to a broadcaster for major contributions to baseball.

The Detroit Free Press said Harwell died Tuesday at his home in Novi, Mich.