‘Hawk’ Harrelson retiring from booth after ’18

The White Sox announced on Wednesday that Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, the club’s iconic television play-by-play announcer on CSN Chicago and WGN-TV, will return for his 34th and final season in the broadcast booth in 2018.

A five-time Emmy Award winner, three-time Ford C. Frick Award nominee and two-time Illinois Sportscaster of the Year, Harrelson will work a 20-game schedule during the 2018 season, including Sunday home games and other select contests.

“Hawk has left a lasting imprint on the game of baseball across what will be an amazing career in the game,” White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. “His passion for the White Sox — and for the game of baseball — is apparent in every telecast he does. There have been only a handful of broadcasters who literally have re-written the dictionary of baseball terminology and nicknames.

“He became the famous voice of White Sox baseball, coining well-known phrases like ‘You can put it on the board’ and colorful nicknames like ‘The Big Hurt’ that will be part of baseball culture forever. There will never be another personality in the booth quite like Hawk Harrelson.”

The White Sox also announced a multiyear agreement with Jason Benetti, who joined the White Sox television broadcast team in 2016, to continue as the primary play-by-play voice for the White Sox with an expanded role in the booth.

Harrelson will serve as a White Sox ambassador throughout the 2019 season. Harrelson played nine Major League seasons with the Kansas City Athletics, Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians. His broadcasting career began with the Red Sox in 1975, and he joined White Sox broadcasts in 1982, teaming with Hall of Famer Don Drysdale.

“It has been an amazing honor for me to deliver White Sox baseball to generations of fans,” Harrelson said. “I cannot thank the fans of Chicago, the White Sox and Jerry Reinsdorf enough for allowing me this fantastic career and for agreeing to my role for the 2018 season and beyond.”

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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