Inducted into the Michigan Walk of Fame on May 25, 2006, Ernie Harwell served 42 years broadcasting for the Detroit Tigers. He enjoyed a career with many highlights, but Michiganians felt such a strong kinship with Harwell that they refer to him as ‘The Voice of Tiger Baseball’.
Ernie Harwell is the only member of the American sports media in the Guinness Book of Records, where he is named baseball's most enduring announcer. Harwell, the only announcer to broadcast over a span of seven decades, became the first active broadcaster inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. Harwell is also a member of the Radio Hall of Fame and seven other halls.
The Detroit Tigers honored Harwell with a statue at Comerica Park and named their press box the "Ernie Harwell Media Center."
Sixty-five Harwell songs have been recorded. Harwell has appeared in seven movies and has written six books.