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Old 06-15-2018, 09:07 PM
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Default The Ken "Hawk" Harrelson Appreciation/Nostalgia Thread

As we approach the end of Hawk's tenure calling games, feel free to post links to your favorite Hawk calls/moments here. I can't believe this thread hasn't been made yet.

Mod Edit: Sarcastic comments, posts and rants telling us how much you hate Hawk will be removed and if you persist you WILL be punished. You have been warned.

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Old 06-15-2018, 09:27 PM
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1983, a Sunday home game vs Baltimore. The umpire called spectator interference on a ball that cleared the fence and sailed into the man's hand. (The guy who caught it even called the post game show and explained what happened) Anyway, after vociferously arguing with the umpire, Tony La Russa returned to the dugout, stopping along the way to uproot third base and toss it into left field. As the bag went airborne, Hawk said "Attaway, Tony!"
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Old 06-15-2018, 09:27 PM
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I’ll go with one that’s not my favorite, but is up there in its late-Hawk-ness:

“Come on, Timo! Come on, Timo! Come on, Timo!”
Ridiculousness across all sports:

(1) "You have no valid opinion because you never played the game."
(2) "Stats are irrelevant. This guy just doesn't know how to win."
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Old 06-15-2018, 09:50 PM
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Joe!! Crede!!!
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Old 06-15-2018, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by asindc View Post
Joe!! Crede!!!
That will always be the one.

Big Frank in the Hall? "No doubt about it."

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Old 06-15-2018, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by asindc View Post
Joe!! Crede!!!
Originally Posted by Marqhead View Post
That will always be the one.

Agreed. I get chill bumps every time I hear it even to this day.
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Old 06-15-2018, 10:33 PM
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1. What are you doing Wegner!?!?!
2. Joe! Crede!
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Old 06-18-2018, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by kittle42 View Post
I’ll go with one that’s not my favorite, but is up there in its late-Hawk-ness:

“Come on, Timo! Come on, Timo! Come on, Timo!”
Classic moment in the history of our sport.

In the 2000s, DJ mentioned the new Sox blog, and Hawk responded with "What's a blog!?" in an angry, "now what the hell have these whippersnaps come up with!!" kind of way. It was so old-man-in-the-21st-century, and it was awesome.

he's in the cat bird seat, you can cancel the postgame show, there's a matt abbatacola, cinch it up and strap it down, ducksnort, can o corn, cookie, sacks packed with Sox, ducks on the pond. It's funny how some obscure 670 am employee would be known nationwide in WGN broadcasts.

We are forever indebted to him for coining The Big Hurt. Great nickname.

There's also the time he yelled "That's just BS!!!".

"I'll tell you what... playing with Carl Yastremski..."

After Wimpy, DJ and now Stone Pony told us the weather conditions, lineups and umpires, Hawk was always methodical in saying "Good evening/afternoon everybody, and welcome to white sox baseball." So dependable in the delivery, you knew the wait was over to see a game again.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:04 PM
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For most iconic call, it has to be "Joe. Crede!" For the Timo game, I played hooky and was basking in the 3B line sun, never hearing that call until much later. To my eternal regret, I didn't skip work the day of Buehrle's perfecto, so Hawk's call of the DeWayne Wise catch will always ring out for me. Because it was before his eyes got really bad, he pretty quickly saw the significance and did justice to one of the greatest Sox moments.

I think Hawk was at his best with Don Drysdale. They had a rapport that he never quite recaptured, though Hawk and Wimpy had some good years. In contrast, DJ came into his own after he went to radio. Drysdale was the play-by-play guy -- IMO, Hawk was much better as color -- and the chemistry was also better because they were more like equals, which clearly was never the case with any of Hawk's partners once he moved to the main seat.

Listening to them, I learned some finer points of baseball that none of my coaches actually imparted, including the basics of situational hitting. (I know, doesn't reflect well on my coaches -- or maybe I was too awesome to be called upon to move runners over. ) You might differ, but I appreciated Drysdale's somewhat bland professionalism after the **** show that Harry and Jimmy became toward the end. Whether or not Drysdale kept him in check, Hawk's excesses weren't very apparent until later. I think Harrelson would be remembered differently -- better, but again just IMO -- if his run with Double D had been measured in decades. Through no fault of Hawk's, it wasn't meant to be.
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Old 08-03-2018, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Vernam View Post
In contrast, DJ came into his own after he went to radio.
DJ is vastly better now than he was when he first moved over to the radio booth, but IMO he's still not very good. He really seems like he's trying too hard to match the out-sized, oddball personalities he's in the booth with and it just doesn't work for him.
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Old 08-07-2018, 09:19 PM
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Have been going through the Sports Illustrated vault for a White Sox project and found an interesting nugget from 1984.

Apparently Hawk was being courted by ABC to join their Monday Night Baseball telecasts.

Hawk said he turned the down because he didn't want to be away from the Sox for that long extended weekend and that he didn't like the way ABC handled those telecasts. He was quoted in the story as saying ABC didn't really care about the game but simply were using it to promote their shows.

Hawk almost went national! LOL

I know he and Cosell were friends in fact during the Sox telecast of Seaver's 300th win in August 1985, Howard joined Hawk and Don in the booth for a few innings and was complimentary towards them both. (Of course Cosell worked with Don on ABC broadcasts in the past...)
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It's Hawk day at the ballpark. Hawk is speaking as I type. Thought I'd put this in this thread. Looks like a nice tribute so far.

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Old 09-02-2018, 02:14 PM
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What a great speech! I am going to miss him dearly. He's my second favorite sports broadcaster all time behind Pat Foley. I'm so glad I got his alarm clock at a game last year.
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Old 09-02-2018, 05:04 PM
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Saw Hawk outside of the old Arlington Stadium after a Rangers game .. i brought my hockey loving nephew Jake, to the game, to try to get him interested in baseball .. we were waiting out front for a ride and i saw Hawk who was waiting for something also .. i said hi, and we talked, and he talked to my nephew about playing baseball .. Jake was impressed and he did start playing baseball, but even though he inherited his father's (who played minor league ball) ability to hit and throw, he just never fell in love with baseball like his dad and i did .. but at least i got to see him play a couple of years of organized baseball .. Thanks Hawk..
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Old 09-03-2018, 04:26 PM
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It so much of a life thing, you know?
Being 39, I can remember sitting on my grandfather’s lap, watching Hawk and Drysdale. My father used to quote Hawk all the time.

Fast forward to dental school and joining this wonderful group of people at WSI. My wife, working two jobs to get us through school, used to surprise me with the Extra Innings package, and I’d have Hawk’s voice running through the apartment nightly. That was the 2002-2006 era.

I agree that he became tough to listen to as the years and futility passed, but his voice has just been there throughout my life. I find myself watching Sox games with Farmer and DJ’s radio broadcast going in the background.

It has always been awesome knowing that the guy who calls the games feels wins and losses more than the greatest fans do. That is a wonderful thing, and I will miss it dearly.
"Guess what? I bought you a Hawk and DJ bobblehead on ebay. It even says 'Hawk' on Hawk's hat. Isn't that cool."
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