Ofman: Hawk Harrelson Looks Back At Career With White Sox

George Ofman
March 27, 2018 - 7:42 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- He is called a homer. So was Harry Caray. But like the legendary Cubs announcer, White Sox announcer Ken “Hawk” Harrelson has carved out a uniquely colorful, and at times, controversial career as the voice of the Sox. 

Harrelson will wind down his career by calling some 20 games this season thus ending over 30 years in the South Side broadcast booth. He recently discussed his extraordinary career with WBBM’s George Ofman.

In part two of the interview Harrelson remembered trading in his microphone to become the team’s General Manager in 1986 calling it “the only year in baseball I hated because it was a terrible job.”

During that tumultuous season, Harrelson fired manager Tony LaRussa, but declared he wouldn’t talk about it in this interview or in an upcoming book.

“It was a long time ago. Tony knows why I fired him, but it will never come out from me," he said.

Harrelson has had several broadcast partners including Steve Stone who currently handles the color and analysis.

“We hit some bumps in the road,” Harrelson said of his relationship with Stone, “but we ironed them out.”

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Harrelson has the utmost respect for Jerry Reisndorf, chairman of the board of the Sox.

“He’s the kind of guy if you ever wanted to go to war and then in a fox hole with, they would have to kill him to get to you," Harrelson said.

Part two of the interview also recalls the verbal tirade he unleashed on umpire Mark Wegner during a game in Tampa.  He said of umpires today, “the ears on those guys are getting bigger and bigger.”

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He also delves into how he invented the batting glove, and his craving for colorful outfits. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated modeling the soon to be extinct Nehru jacket.

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“They had to put me on the cover because I was going for the triple crown, so they told me wear whatever you want to wear. I bought one of every color they had which was five or six colors. That was the only one I wore because they quickly went out of style.”

“Hawk” Harrelson's career of the last 33 years, consisting of five playoff appearances and one memorable World Series, and being a host of anecdotes and catch phrases will be his lasting memory. 

You can listen to part one of the interview here.