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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Tribute planned for Harwell

Associated Press

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers will honor Ernie Harwell at Comerica Park.

Ernie Harwell
Ernie Harwell, seen at a Tigers game last month, spent 42 of his 55 years in baseball with the team.

The Detroit Free Press says Harwell will be honored Wednesday night during a game against the Kansas City Royals.

Harwell is expected to address the team before the game and watch it from team owner Mike Ilitch's suite. A video tribute will be shown.

The 91-year-old Harwell recently announced he has inoperable cancer.

Harwell, a longtime broadcaster for the Tigers who has been honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame, began feeling ill this summer. He had surgery last month for an obstructed bile duct. Doctors found a cancerous tumor and advised him against further surgery.

The Detroit Lions also will honor Harwell on Sunday during their home opener against the Minnesota Vikings.