There’s not much to say about Chicago White Sox announcer Ken “Hawk” Harrelson that hasn’t already been said; you either love him or find his style of broadcasting utterly intolerable. In an age of broadcasting objectivity, Hawk rests in a league of his own as the epitome of the “homer” announcer.
As a lifelong White Sox fan, Hawk has been the voice of the organization for my entire life and has called all of my most cherished White Sox memories. You can say what you want about the man’s professional approach–or lack thereof–towards broadcasting, but Hawk’s level of enthusiasm is contagious, and that’s precisely why White Sox fans love him.
People don’t tune into a game hoping that Hawk will provide in-depth, statistic driven analysis of any particular aspect of a game. Rather, listening to Hawk call a game is like sitting around with a friend who is rooting for the White Sox just as much as you. There’s no doubt about it, the man absolutely loves his White Sox and I have always found that endless passion to be admirable.
For those who have not been so privileged to take in a Hawk Harrelson called baseball game, even my best efforts to accurately describe his style and charisma would be futile. Luckily, CSN Chicago has compiled a running play-list containing all of the Hawk Harrelson vernacular oddities–commonly referred to as “Hawkisms”–which the Chicago White Sox faithful have come to love.
Here is a brief preview of some of the “Hawkisms” you will soon hear:
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My personal favorites:
#3 – Stay Fair, It Will
#13 – Cookie
#19 – Matt Abbatocola
#22 – Dadgum It
#39 – Greased Tee Out Of My Behind
#42 – Ballgame is Ova!