Former Detroit sportscaster Al Ackerman passed away June 6 at the age of 90. Family members say Ackerman died at his home in Florida.
Ackerman worked at WXYZ-TV during the 70s, alongside Bill Bonds, Marilyn Turner, and John Kelly. Later, he was Sports Director at WDIV-TV where he coined the “Bless You Boys” rallying cry for the 1980s Tigers.
Former Detroit sportscaster Eli Zaret told the Detroit Free Press that Ackerman was “The local version of Howard Cosell” and “Had the courage to speak his mind.”
Ackerman was a member of the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Instead of a public funeral service, the family says Ackerman requested “Take your family to a ball game.”
Ackerman is survived by his wife of 40 years, Terese Ann, as well as his daughters and sister-in-law. A son, Michael, predeceased his father.