Ernie Harwell, longtime announcer for the Detroit Tigers, was the 1981 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award.
Harwell made his major league debut in 1948 after becoming the only broadcaster who ever figured in a baseball trade.
Earl Mann, President of the Atlanta Crackers, agreed to let him go to Brooklyn if Branch Rickey would send Montreal catcher Cliff Dapper to Atlanta to manage the club.
Harwell also worked for the New York Giants and for the Baltimore Orioles before coming to Detroit in 1960.
Harwell's two biggest thrills as an announcer were Bobby Thomson's playoff homer in 1951 and Hoyt Wilhelm's 1958 no-hitter against the Yankees.