05/21/2007 12:27 PM ET
Ernie Harwell to pinch-hit twice during Tigers telecasts on FSN Detroit
Hall of Famer subs for Rod Allen as guest commentator
Baseball broadcasting legend Ernie Harwell returns to the booth Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25 as guest commentator during Tigers telecasts on FSN Detroit.
Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Angels begins at 1:00 PM (re-aired at 7:00 PM). Friday's game versus the Cleveland Indians begins at 7:00 PM.
Harwell is subbing for FSN analyst Rod Allen who will be in Arizona to attend the high school graduation of his son, Andrew. Harwell, who retired following the 2002 season after 42 years of broadcasting Tigers games, will work alongside FSN play-by-play announcer Mario Impemba.
This marks the second time Harwell has pinch-hit for Allen - the first was June 1, 2003 when the Tigers hosted the New York Yankees. That day began with Roger Clemens' attempt at career victory No. 300, but turned into what remains the longest game in Comerica Park history (10-9 Yankees victory in 17 innings).
Harwell has long been a member of the FSN Detroit family, continuing to provide historical vignettes on each episode of TIGERS WEEKLY (Saturdays at 11:30 AM). He did play-by-play on several FSN Tigers telecasts in 1998 and has contributed to other Tigers-related programming.
The 89-year-old Harwell, who entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981 as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, made guest appearances on radio and television broadcasts last fall during the Tigers trip to the American League playoffs and World Series, as well as the 2005 All-Star Game at Comerica Park.
FSN Detroit's coverage of the Tigers goes to 3.2 million cable and satellite households throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana.