For the past few weeks, I’ve watched men with construction helmets walking in and out of Tiger Stadium. We all know they’re not there to construct anything. They are sizing up the ballpark for its destruction.
Last year around this time, I watched former Detroit Tigers legendary announcer, Ernie Harwell, walking in and out of Tiger Stadium. Mr. Harwell and his agent, Gary Spicer, were there to try to save some remnants of Detroit’s beloved ballpark. What a difference a year can make.
Mr. Harwell’s involvement had all the makings of a happy ending. A white knight was riding in to save a friend in need. It gave hope to people all across the country who’d been praying that Tiger Stadium, like so many other historic landmarks, wouldn’t be thrown into the trash heap of Detroit’s withering history.
For the past 10 years, I have witnessed ordinary folks driving up and photographing Tiger Stadium from every possible angle. This has been an every day occurrence — even 9 years after the Tigers’ departure. There is no question that the Old Girl means a tremendous deal to Detroit’s baseball fans from all generations.
I just discovered a great little amateur video that was put together by some passionate Tiger Stadium fans named Queena Kim, Charlie LeDuff, and Frank J. Parker that I think you’ll enjoy. It includes an interview with Ernie Harwell and some haunting images from inside Tiger Stadium. It gives a good historical account of Detroit and the tragedy it has become. Click on the image below to view it.