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Wanna buy Ernie Harwell’s house?

Sep 1, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

Finally a sports legend’s house that isn’t filled with gaudy and ornate furniture in room after room you know no one ever used. Finally a sports legend’s house that most of us can actually afford.

Although, being honest, I think most of us may pass on this one and continue to search for our formerly-owned-by-a-sports-legend-dream house. Our Jon Voight’s Chrysler LeBaron, as it were:




Ernie Harwell, a legendary sportscaster for the Detroit Tigers for 42 years, passed away in 2010. Apparently he also used to be a resident of the Grandmont/Rosedale area, and now you can buy a home he used to live in for $38,500. It is a two bedroom with just over 1,000 square feet.

It’s a foreclosure (details and more pics here). And I’m pretty certain that¬†Harwell didn’t live there for a long, long time before his death in 2010. It’s actually less than a mile from the house my grandmother lived in until she died in the late 80s, in more or less the same neighborhood. My grandmother was a weird holdout, though. For the most part, people who lived in that part of Detroit started to leave¬†following the riots in 1967 and were more or less gone by the end of the 70s. Harwell was said to live in Farmington Hills later in his life.

Anyway: roof looks new!


  1. 1998yanks - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Randy Johnson’s 25 million dollar house or this one? Hmmm….tough decision.

  2. bostonfrogs - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Does it come with a crawl space? I’d at least like to have a fighting chance to outwit Leatherface when he inevitably drops by for the housewarming.

    • gargamelsmentor - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      Hahahahaha!!!! That was funny! Sadistic….but funny!

  3. tmohr - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Judging by the photos at the link, it hasn’t been occupied for a while. Cool retro kitchen, though.

  4. deepstblu - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Does it stand there like the house by the side of the road?

  5. RoyHobbs39 - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Nothing against the Motor City…but isn’t that kind of high for a house in Detroit?

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 1, 2014 at 2:22 PM


      Yes it is, thumbs down notwithstanding…

      Just Google it ya’ll…

      They have trouble selling homes there for $500.

  6. hieronymous27 - Sep 1, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    If it sells, will there be a sign on the front lawn stating “AND THIS HOUSE IS LONG GONE!”

    • mazblast - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      “Another great purchase by a fan from Alpena!”

  7. weaselpuppy - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Maybe JV and Kate can use it as a hideout, waiting for the rest of the hacked photos to blow over….

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