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Help us pay tribute to the late, great Ernie Harwell at historic Tiger Stadium.

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Ernie Harwell Poster
Ernie Harwell Poster

"For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land." —Song of Solomon 2:11-12 (KJV)

Detroit's long love affair with Hall of Fame baseball announcer Ernie Harwell has been widely documented. For more than 40 years, Tigers fans huddled around their radios and hung on Ernie's every word. From the 1968 World Series to the 1984 fall classic and beyond, Ernie's low-key delivery, his sweet Southern accent, and his conversational style endeared him to baseball fans across America.

For many, Ernie's death in 2010 left a void that can never be filled. And while Comerica Park has done an exceptional job in honoring his legacy, it only seems fitting to pay homage to Ernie at the site he held so dear — the corner of Michigan and Trumbull. After the final game there in 1999, Ernie's heartfelt eulogy to Tiger Stadium was forever emblazoned on our minds.

Although the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy fought tirelessly to save Tiger Stadium, Ernie's beloved ballpark could not escape the wrecking ball. On September 21, 2009, the original Navin Field configuration was finally demolished.

In March of 2011, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation rejected the Conservancy's $65.3 million plan to redevelop the site. Later that year, the DEGC rejected Chevrolet's formal proposal to fix up the old diamond.

Today, the only remnant of the stadium is its historic center-field flagpole. And while the future of "The Corner" remains uncertain, your support of the Voice of Summer Memorial will allow for a lasting Ernie Harwell sculpture at the site of Historic Tiger Stadium.

So, please, donate today, and help honor the legacy of a truly historic Detroit partnership:

Ernie Harwell and Tiger Stadium.

(Any additional funds raised will go toward the Navin Field Grounds Crew in their efforts to maintain the old playing field.)

The Sculpture

The Ernie Harwell memorial will be created by fine artist Gabriel Vinas, who has a proven track record of accurately and expressively representing the human form in varying scales.

View some of his work below.

Risks and challenges

One of our most daunting challenges might be resistance from city government. In the event that the City of Detroit discourages our installation at Historic Tiger Stadium, we will work with local businesses to ensure that the memorial finds a temporary home in Corktown.

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    Receive an Ernie Harwell sticker.

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    11 backers

    Receive an Ernie Harwell pin and a sticker to boot.

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    Pledge a dollar for every year Ernie served as the voice of the Tigers and receive a limited edition letterpress poster (pin and sticker included).

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    Pledge $100 or more and receive an exclusive Ernie Harwell t-shirt (pin and sticker included).

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