Glasses On Ernie Harwell Statue Stolen
The glasses on the statue of the late Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell were stolen sometime over the summber but late last night a worker from a Michigan foundry re-attached a new pair of glasses to the statue that stands inside Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.
No one knows exactly who stole them but stadium officials alerted the company behind the work earlier this summer that the glasses were missing.
“Ernie wore pretty delicate glasses, at least during the age we depicted him,” said sculptor Lou Cella. “We initially made them as durable as we could. If somebody wants to go all out and rip the things off, they can just do it.”
Harwell, a baseball announcing legend, died in May 2010 at the age of 92. Cella also he said that it is not unusual for vandals or overzealous fans to break off pieces of statues. A microphone on a piece in Chicago memorializing Harry Caray also has been broken off.