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CBS Radio hires Ernie Harwell

DETROIT -- Former Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell has agreed to a two-year contract to broadcst the Saturday 'CBS Radio Baseball Game of the Week' beginning in April, WWJ radio announced Thursday.

Harwell, the voice of the Tigers for 32 seasons, was fired by the club and its flagship radio station, WJR, following the 1991 season.

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His partner, Paul Carey, retired after the season.

Harwell and Carey called their last Detroit home game when the Tigers played the Orioles Oct. 1. Their final broadcast was Oct. 6 in Baltimore.

Friends reportedly had been urging Harwell to accept the CBS Radio job since it was offered last fall. At CBS, Harwell will likely be paired with Johnny Bench, Jim Hunter or Steve Busby, perhaps on a rotating basis.

Harwell, who turns 74 Jan. 24, has been busy with considerable endorsement, charity and voice-over work. His new post probably will require him to travel Fridays and return home Sunday, leaving him ample time for his work in the Detroit area.

'We're delighted that Ernie's retirement is so brief,' said CBS Vice President and WWJ General Manager Rod Zimmerman. 'All of us at WWJ congratulate CBS for providing us the opportunity to bring Ernie's broadcasting talents back to Detroit airwaves.'

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Harwell, a 40-year veteran of professional baseball play-by-play, was enshrined by the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and awarded the Ford Frick award in the early 1980s.

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