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Comerica Park’s Ernie Harwell Statue Vandalized

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It’s hard to think of a Michigan sports or media figure who is more revered than Ernie Harwell, both locally and nationally.  I hesitate to even call Ernie Harwell a sports or media figure.  He was so much more than that to so many people.  That’s what makes the vandalism to the Ernie Harwell statue at Comerica Park so disappointing.

Harwell died on May 4, 2010.  He worked as a Major League Baseball broadcaster for 55 seasons.  He only missed two games during his whole career.  He missed a game to attend his brother’s funeral and he missed a game to attend his induction ceremony into the Sportscasters Hall of Fame.  That kind of record gives us a taste of the dedication Harwell had not only to his job but to the people of Michigan.  Again, that’s what makes the vandalism so disappointing.

The statue at Comerica Park used to include Harwell wearing glasses.  Now they are gone.  Someone pryed them off and ran away with them.

Turns out the glasses have been missing for a couple of months.  Not too many people seemed to notice, but that’s not the point.  No statue should ever be touched.  But the Ernie Harwell statue?  That should be beyond untouchable.

The Tigers plan to have the glasses replaced this week and the Harwell statue will be at 100% for the playoffs.



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