The baseball memorabilia collection of the late broadcasting legend, Ernie Harwell is the talk of Detroit. Unfortunately, the talk isn’t upbeat.
Harwell’s massive—and valuable—accumulation is barely accessible to the public and much of it remains uncatalogued because of huge budget cuts within the Detroit Public Library system.
The library has come under fire for an expensive renovation that put other projects at risk and collections like Harwell’s in jeopardy of being virtually ignored instead of celebrated.
Harwell, who died last year, wanted the library to have his decades-long accumulation of letters, programs, championship rings and other memorabilia preserved so fans could enjoy it.
Few fans visited the Lulu and Ernie Harwell Room, however.
The Detroit News reported Thursday that some of the collection was unsecured. Library officials discounted that, saying the most valuable items were secure.
It may not make those who appreciate such collections feel confident in that statement to know that a former employee had stolen some of Harwell’s old baseball cards. The disturbing story is here.
Watch the story from WXYZ-TV below.