It's no secret that White Sox play-by-play man Ken "Hawk" Harrelson is an unapologetic homer during broadcasts. From "you can put it on the boooard ... yes!" whenever one of the hometown heroes goes deep to "he gone!" whenever a ChiSox hurler picks up a strikeout, Hawk makes little effort to hide his allegiance. It's not my cup of tea, but I suppose there could be some appeal there.
What many people don't realize is that Harrelson once served as the team's general manager. He began broadcasting the White Sox in 1982, and in October 1985 owner Jerry Reinsdorf pulled him out the booth and made him his new GM. Hawk was on the job for just one year, but during that year he a) fired manager Tony La Russa, b) fired assistant GM Dave Dombrowski, and c) traded a rookie named Bobby Bonilla to the Pirates for a pitcher (Jose DeLeon) with an 8.27 ERA.
Here is GM Hawk in action, courtesy of the Chicago Tribune spring training photo archive:
Fans have a tendency to dislike, or at least roll their eyes at, their favorite team's announcers -- unless you root for the Dodgers, of course -- so just imagine if ownership pulled that guy out of the booth and tabbed him as GM. Baseball can be a scary thing.