Career in broadcasting: Brooklyn Dodgers, 1948-1949; New York Giants, 1950-1953; Baltimore Orioles, 1954-1959; Detroit Tigers 1960-1991; California Angels, 1992, Tigers 1993-2002. Harwell has also worked as a broadcaster for CBS Radio and ESPN Radio. He received the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.
Family: Harwell and his wife Lulu have been married for nearly 62 years. They have four children, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Sing a song: Harwell prefers to write songs on non-baseball subjects, but what player would be most befitting of a Harwell song? "Probably my friend, Ichiro,'' he said. "He's such an interesting personality, he's intelligent and he's from Japan, so that would probably pique people's interest."
Best player he saw play: "Willie Mays. He could do so many different things. He played with a spirit that few could match."
Most underrated player he saw play: "Rafael Palmeiro. He's never been recognized to the degree that he should."
Strangest play he saw: "Nolan Ryan in 1973 pitched a no-hitter against the Tigers and struck out 17. They were lucky to get a foul ball against him that night. In the ninth inning Norm Cash came to bat and they told him his bat was illegal. After the game, I asked him why and he told me he took a table leg from the clubhouse up to the plate."
Did you know? Harwell is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records under the category of 'Most Enduring Baseball Announcer.'
Advice for Tigers manager Alan Trammell: "Stick with it. He's shown that he can face adversity. We all know that you don't win without adversity."
Wish you were there: The two games Harwell wishes he had called, but didn't: Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series (Harwell never called a perfect game) and Kirk Gibson's improbable game-winning home run leading the Dodgers past the A's in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series (Harwell did get to call Gibson's eighth inning home run in Game 5 of the 1984 World Series that all but wrapped up a championship for the Tigers).