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White Sox Broadcaster 'Hawk' Harrelson Retiring After 34 Seasons

By Josh McGhee | May 31, 2017 6:02pm | Updated on May 31, 2017 6:12pm
 The 2018 season will be the last for Ken
The 2018 season will be the last for Ken "Hawk" Harelson.
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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson is calling it quits.

The 2018 season will be his last in the booth for the South Side franchise, according to a press release from the Chicago White Sox issued Wednesday.

The play-by-play announcer for Comcast Sportsnet and WGN-TV will be scheduled for mostly Sunday home games during his final season — the 34th in his career, the announcement said. That puts him in the booth for 20 games.

“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."

The Sox also signed a multi-year contract with Jason Benetti to do all play-by-play duties.

The broadcaster was well-known for a variety of catchphrases, including "He gone!," "Can of corn" and "Streeetch!"

Harrelson will serve as an ambassador for the White Sox throughout the 2019 season, the release said.

"I am proud to have been involved in this great game of baseball as a player, general manager and broadcaster, and I have always wanted to reach the eight-decade mark in this game, which I hope to do in 2019 as an ambassador for the White Sox. It’s never work when you come to a ballpark each day, and I have loved and appreciated every minute I have experienced in this great game," he said.

Harrelson's playing career dates to 1963, when he started with the Kansas City Athletics. He first became a broadcaster with the Red Sox in 1975 and joined the White Sox in 1982.