Ernie Harwell

February 25, 2002 – Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell announced his plans to retire after the 2002 season, his 62nd season behind the microphone. It was Harwell whose departure from the Brooklyn Dodgers after the 1949 season for the New York Giants opened the door for a Fordham University graduate named Vin Scully to be hired as the club’s No. 3 announcer. Harwell is the only broadcaster ever traded for a player. Brooklyn acquired Harwell from the minor league Atlanta Crackers during the 1948 season in exchange for catcher Cliff Dapper after the Dodgers’ Red Barber was sidelined because of a bleeding ulcer.

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