Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Hawk for Frick? God, no!

Frick Nominee Bio - Ken "Hawk" Harrelson

KEN HARRELSON: 29 years overall (Red Sox, 1975-81; White Sox, 1982-85, 90 - ; Yankees, 1987-88), the last 16 with the White Sox…The 2000 Illinois Sportscaster of the Year…Finished fourth campaign with color man Darrin Jackson after teaming with Tom Paciorek for 10 seasons from 1990-99…The Hawk's exuberant "YES" call and colorful nicknames have become familiar to Sox fans…Worked in the broadcast booth for the Sox from 1982-85, leaving to become executive vice president for baseball operations…After serving as the club's general manager for one season, he resigned to resume his broadcasting career…In NY, teamed with Spencer Ross in 1987 and Bobby Murcer in 1988…Also served as a broadcaster on The Baseball Network in 1994-95…Played major league baseball for nine seasons, helping lead the Red Sox to the American League pennant in 1967…Appeared in 900 major-league games, batting .239 with 131 home runs and 421 RBI…Credited with bringing the batting glove to baseball, he played golf professionally for a time before entering broadcasting.

What's not on that resume but should be: the Hawk won the non-ESPN bracket of "The Road from Bristol" - a contest to crown the "most loathsome national sports broadcaster not on ESPN." Hawk's victory was especially remarkable because outside of Chicago only a few baseball enthusiasts even know who he is - and not even all of them have heard him call a game. Even more amazing was that the Hawk beat heavy "favorite" Tim McCarver during the baseball postseason, when McCarver's at his most-annoying.

Anyway, vote for Bill King but DO NOT vote for the Hawk.

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