ernie harwell http://michiganradio.org en Glasses stolen off of Ernie Harwell statue at Comerica Park in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/glasses-stolen-ernie-harwell-statue-comerica-park-detroit <p>Someone has stolen the bronze glasses off of the Ernie Harwell statue inside Comerica Park. Officials from the Detroit Tigers noticed the missing glasses last July.</p><p>Neal Rubin, columnist for the <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110920/OPINION03/109200340/Fan-steals-Ernie-Harwell%E2%80%99s-glasses-on-statue-at-Comerica-Park">Detroit News</a>, writes &quot;if you wouldn&#39;t use a crowbar on Ernie Harwell&#39;s face, you shouldn&#39;t use one on his statue, either.&quot;:</p><blockquote><p>Someone pried the glasses from his sculpture at Comerica Park, a theft both brazen and bronzen.</p><p>A new pair should be welded into place by Thursday, when the Detroit Tigers play Baltimore in the opener of a seven-game home stand, but please:</p><p>Can&#39;t we keep our hands and levers to ourselves?</p><p>Given his status as both an idol and an artwork, you&#39;d think Harwell would be immune to vandalism.</p></blockquote><p>Artist Omri Amrany says the new glasses will be attached &quot;as strongly as possible.&quot;</p><p>Rubin writes that Amrany &quot;once had to replace bronze broadcaster Harry Caray&#39;s stolen microphone in Chicago.&quot; Tue, 20 Sep 2011 16:40:09 +0000 Mark Brush 4225 at http://michiganradio.org Glasses stolen off of Ernie Harwell statue at Comerica Park in Detroit Artpod: Rock 'n' roll and baseball http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-rock-n-roll-and-baseball <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-965895.mp3</p><p>Today&#39;s <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/term/artpod">Artpod</a> is all about nostalgia...Michigan-focused nostalgia, of course.</p><p><strong>Rock Around the Clock</strong></p><p>Did you know that <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/del-shannons-runaway-tops-charts-50-years-ago-week">50 years ago this week, &quot;Runaway&quot; by Del Shannon </a>was the #1 song in the U.S.?&nbsp;Don&#39;t worry, neither did I. But Michigan Radio&#39;s <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/people/mike-perini">Mike Perini</a> did! He&#39;s the station&#39;s resident music head. Turns out&nbsp;Del Shannon was born in Grand Rapids, and he grew up in nearby Coopersville. &quot;Runaway&quot; was the first rock &#39;n&#39; roll song by a West Michigan-born artist to hit the top.</p><p>Mike talks to me in the first half of the podcast about some other classic rock &#39;n&#39; roll songs written by Michigan artists, including the always popular &quot;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5fsqYctXgM">Rock Around the Clock,</a>&quot; by <a href="http://www.billhaley.com/">Bill Haley</a>.</p><p><strong>Let&#39;s play ball!</strong></p><p>A new <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/new-stage-play-pays-tribute-tigers-announcer-ernie-harwell">play</a> pays tribute to long-time Tigers baseball announcer <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5163285">Ernie Harwell</a>. The play is called &quot;Ernie&quot; and it was written&nbsp;by best-selling author <a href="http://mitchalbom.com/d/">Mitch Albom</a>. The play looks back at Harwell&#39;s life and includes vintage footage of the Hall of Fame announcer.</p><p>On the podcast I talk to Will David Young, the veteran Michigan actor who plays Ernie:&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 13:41:57 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 2257 at http://michiganradio.org Artpod: Rock 'n' roll and baseball New stage play pays tribute to Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell http://michiganradio.org/post/new-stage-play-pays-tribute-tigers-announcer-ernie-harwell <p><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5163285">Ernie </a><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5163285">Harwel</a>l fans will get to relive some of the famed baseball announcer&rsquo;s past in a <a href="http://detroit.broadwayworld.com/article/ERNIE_to_Open_at_Detroits_City_Theatre_428_20110217">new play</a> called, appropriately enough, &ldquo;Ernie.&rdquo;</p><p>The play, which opens Thursday, Apr. 28 at the <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/The-City-Theatre-tickets-Detroit/venue/65951">City Theatre in Detroit</a>, was written by <a href="http://mitchalbom.com/d/">Mitch Albom</a>. The story takes place on the night the beloved Tigers announcer gave his farewell speech at Comerica Park. Before his speech, he runs into a young baseball fan, who coaxes Harwell to reflect on his own life.</p><p>The play also includes vintage footage of Harwell, including some of his most famous calls.</p><p>Veteran Michigan actor Will David Young plays Ernie, which he calls &quot;the biggest rush&quot; he&#39;s ever experienced:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;So many people considered Ernie a grandfather figure, uncle figure, father figure. People who knew him well considered him a mentor with his gentleness, humor, humanitiy; it&rsquo;s daunting playing a figure like that.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>As for that famous Harwell cadence? Young says he tried to get into &quot;that touch of Georgia twang.&quot;</p><p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 18:36:58 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 2247 at http://michiganradio.org New stage play pays tribute to Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell