Legendary White Sox Announcer Hawk Harrelson to Retire After 2018 Season (Video)
One of the most colorful homers in the history of sports broadcasting is calling it quits. The Chicago White Sox announced on Wednesday that longtime play-by-play man Ken “Hawk” Harrelson will retire at the end of the 2018 season.
Harrelson, 75, played nine years in the big leagues for Kansas City, Washington, Boston, and Cleveland. His broadcasting career began with the Red Sox in 1975. In 1982 he became the play-by-play announcer for the White Sox, but left the booth to briefly serve as the White Sox general manager in 1986, at which point he fired manager Tony LaRussa and assistant general manager Dave Dombrowski. In 1990, after a brief short stint calling games for the Yankees, Harrelson returned to the White Sox booth, and he’s been there ever since.
Over the years Harrelson became known for his signature home run call, “you can put it on the board!”
However, he also became known for his unabashed tendency to root, root, root for the home team, as well as his angry tirades and prolonged silences when things go wrong.
Here’s one classic example of Hawk losing his cool during a game between the Sox and Mets back in 2013:
Here’s an example from a game between the Sox and Rays in 2012:
And here’s an example from a game between the Sox and Rangers way back in 1991, the best part of which starts around 3:39:
Hawk Harrelson was definitely not for everybody. But his inability to be even remotely impartial certainly endeared him to White Sox fans. Baseball will probably never see anyone like him ever again.
Hat Tip – [Bleacher Report]