With his keen knowledge and appreciation for baseball history and a collector’s mentality, Harwell began accumulating baseball-related items as a youngster and never stopped.
The Detroit Public Library’s Ernie Harwell Sports Collection began in 1966 when Harwell made his initial donation. It consists of books, team annuals, media guides, programs, scorecards, baseball cards, clippings, photographs, video and audio tapes.
The Hall of Fame broadcaster is no longer around, but the connection between Harwell and his fans continues through the valuable collection. Unless you’ve been to the Library and made an appointment to see the collection you may not know what’s inside. It’s by no means a complete look since Harwell owned a number of historic and valuable baseball cards, but MLive.com offers 28 photos from the collection in this story.