Legendary White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson to retire after 2018 MLB season

At the conclusion of last season, both legendary Los Angeles Dodgers announcer broadcast Vin Scully and San Diego Padres announcer Dick Enberg retired from the booth.

With an announcement on Wednesday, it looks like the end of the 2018 season will see another notable retirement from broadcasting, as Chicago White Sox announcer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson will hang up his microphone after a 34th year of calling baseball games: 

While Harrelson's over-the-top homerism hasn't engendered the same widespread fondness that Scully (or Enberg) did, he's nonetheless part of baseball's tapestry. His signature calls -- like "He gone!" following a strikeout and "You can put it on the board ... Yes!" after a White Sox home run -- figure to be remembered, even as Jason Benetti becomes the new voice of the White Sox.

Before becoming an announcer, Harrelson played in the majors for parts of nine seasons, including 1968, when he finished third in the American League MVP voting while playing for the Red Sox. He finished his career with a .239/.325/.414 slash line, as well as 6.6 Wins Above Replacement. Harrelson also served as White Sox general manager during the 1986 season, a stint most memorable for his firing of manager Tony La Russa.

Harrelson will turn 76 in September.

CBS Sports Staff

R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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