Kaline to accept award on Harwell's behalf

Kaline to accept award on Harwell's behalf

MINNEAPOLIS -- Hall of Famer Al Kaline will accept the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting on behalf of play-by-play great Ernie Harwell in a ceremony Wednesday night in New York City.

The award, given by Fordham University's WFUV radio, is presented as part of the station's spring gala. Scully, a Fordham graduate and the longtime voice of the Dodgers, was the award's inaugural recipient in 2008, followed by current Padres broadcaster Dick Enberg last year.

Harwell was named as the award winner over the winter, but was not expected to attend. He was diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the bile duct last year and has been resting at home. Like Harwell, Kaline was a longtime Tigers broadcaster after his playing career before joining the Tigers front office as a special assistant in 2003.

"The players absolutely love him," Kaline said of Harwell in a statement. "When he was broadcasting and would come into the locker room before the game, the guys wouldn't head to the training room. They were hoping that he was coming to talk to them! Ernie was especially helpful to other aspiring broadcasters, whether in college or high school or just starting out. He was kind of like a 'big brother' to everyone."