Harwell to pinch-hit on broadcast

Harwell to pinch-hit on broadcast

DETROIT -- Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell has a pinch-hit appearance coming up. The longtime voice of the Tigers will return to the broadcast booth as a guest television analyst on Thursday, May 24, when the Tigers take on the Angels at 1:05 p.m. ET at Comerica Park.

Harwell will join play-by-play man Mario Impemba on the FSN Detroit telecast while Rod Allen attends the high school graduation of his son, Andrew.

"It's going to be a big kick for me," the 89-year-old Harwell said. "It's just sort of fun to get my feet wet."

Harwell was a guest on radio and television last October during the Tigers' run through the playoffs. He also was behind the microphone for a spell when the All-Star Game came to Comerica Park in 2005. This will be his first full-game call on FSN Detroit since June 1, 2003, when the Tigers came back against Roger Clemens and played 17 innings in a loss to the Yankees. It remains the longest game in Comerica Park history.

Harwell broadcasted Tigers games for 42 years before retiring at the end of the 2002 season. He received the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.

FSN Detroit will air the game live, followed by an encore presentation that night at 7 p.m. ET.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.