This week in NDSA, the student group’s Faculty Advisor Kim Schroeder and Digital Liaison Mike Dutkewych hosted a listening party for the Ernie Harwell audio tapes that were digitized last semester for the Detroit Public Library’s Burton Historical Collection.
The event took place on Sunday, January 24. Harwell was a sports broadcaster, mainly known for work with the Detroit Tigers. Among the attendees were members of the Navin Field Grounds Crew, the volunteer group of Detroit Tigers fans who had been maintaining the historic old Tiger Stadium site.
They were treated to ball park refreshments like popcorn and Cracker Jack, and a selection of digital captures from the seldom heard Harwell tapes, including several innings of the 1961 MLB All-Star Game and clips of scripted takes from his cameo in the 1979 movie, Aunt Mary.
Though the audio recordings were the main event, the highlight of the day was the rousing discussion about the broadcaster’s celebrated career and his impact on the city and its baseball fans brought on by the archival material.