Niehaus pays tribute to the late Harwell

Niehaus pays tribute to the late Harwell

SEATTLE -- Mariners Hall of Fame announcer Dave Niehaus paid tribute to late Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell, also enshrined in Cooperstown, who died Tuesday.

"He's one of the guys that almost defines the game," Niehaus said. "Just an unbelievably beloved man in Detroit. We've lost one of the giants of the game, one of the giants of broadcasting, in Ernie Harwell. Good friend, a wonderful man, and he'll be sorely missed.

"He was a very religious guy, a very introspective guy, a guy who never had a bad word to say about anybody. I didn't know anybody who ever had a bad word to say about him. He'll be missed. He was brought up before television, and he cut his teeth on nothing but radio. There are very few of us left that did that. He'll be badly missed, sorely missed."