Ernie Harwell and George Kell broadcast a Detroit Tigers game in a circa 1960s photo.
Detroit Tigers broadcast legend Ernie Harwell rides off the field after performing the coin toss for the game between the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on Sept. 20, 2009, in Detroit, Michigan.
A national treasure
On Sept. 16, 2009, Ernie Harwell addressed the home crowd at a Tigers game. He was ill for about a year before his death on Tuesday.
A city says thanks
Harwell addresses the crowd during a ceremony after his final home game as announcer. Harwell called Tigers games for more than four decades and was one of Michigan's most beloved sports figures.
Hey, that guy looks like me
Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell pauses near a statue honoring him that was unveiled inside the entrance to Comerica Park in Detroit, prior to a Tigers game against the Kansas City Royals, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002. Harwell retired at the end of that season after 55 years as a major league announcer, 42 with the Tigers.
A lifetime of laughs
Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell laughs with his wife, Lulu, during a ceremony honoring Harwell prior to his final game as a broadcaster, Sept. 15, 2002, in Detroit. Lulu Harwell was taken to Henry Ford Hospital during the game as a precaution after complaining of an accelerated heartbeat during the fourth inning. She survives Ernie.
Acknowledging the crowd
Detroit Tigers radio broadcaster Ernie Harwell waves to the crowd during the seventh inning stretch in the game with the New York Yankees in in Detroit in September 2002.
Ernie Harwell at home in January 2007. He was one of Michigan's most beloved sports figures.
Ernie Harwell in 2002. He died Tuesday at the age of 92.
In his element
Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell pauses during a break in the action in at Yankee Stadium in 1993.
At the mike
Ernie Harwell calls the action in the fifth inning of the Tigers game against the New York Yankees on Sunday, Oct. 3, 1993, at Yankee Stadium.