“It’s two for the price of one!” – sport Tigers-inspired gear that’s also made in Detroit!
That’s not just a catchy marketing line, it’s also one commonly used by the legend Ernie Harwell while describing a double play. The radio announcer was with the Tigers for around 42 seasons, and clearly left an indelible mark on the team. He was so gifted that, before his time in Detroit, he became the first, and only, broadcaster who was traded for a player! It was 1948, and, of course, Branch Rickey was involved, so shenanigans like that aren’t really much a a surprise – he was an interesting dude. Harwell eventually took on a role as the Tiger’s tv announcer as well, in the mid 90’s, but settled back into radio towards the end of his career. He was nationally recognized by the baseball community as one of the few dominant figures in announcing through the years, and still remains sacred to the Tiger fans who remember him.
To celebrate somebody so deeply woven into the Detroit fan-scape and history, I felt it only appropriate to hunt around for some locally made Tigers-inspired gear to feature in this guy’s gameday look. Now, far be it from me to just throw together a tee and jeans, I went ahead and pushed the limits of men’s style and comfort a bit with a slightly tucked tee and (gasp) slightly cropped, cuffed men’s jeans. This, and the wallet, do hint to a more fixed-gear bike riding-type of guy, but, as always, edit to your own comfort level and liking – I just want to broaden some horizons occasionally. I love that this entire look, sans jeans and sneakers, is all locally made and perfect for an evening summer Tigers game. There’s no better way to rep your team and city than buying local goods in your team colors…especially when they make you look this good!