The Hawk isn’t ready to go anywhere.
As disappointing as the White Sox season is, announcer Ken “Hawk” Harrelson has still found a way to enjoy himself. Harrelson, the subject of the documentary ‘Hawk: The Colorful Life of Ken Harrelson’ airing at 6 p.m. Thursday on MLB Network, doesn’t have any plans to leave the booth.
“I tell you what, I love it more now than I ever have and besides that, I don’t have a choice,” Harrelson said. “When you marry a Greek you give up all those rights. A couple of years ago, I was joking around with her and said, honey, ‘I’m thinking about packing it in after this year, she said ‘No you’re not. I couldn’t stand you for 12 months a year.’ Come September, we’ll be married 40 years.…I love it and I really would like to die in a booth. I really would. If I could write my own script, just keel over one day and ‘He gone.’”
The documentary recounts some of Harrelson’s memories accumulated in and out of baseball in a career that began with the Boston Red Sox in 1963. Among those included are how Harrelson hung out with Joe Namath the night before Super Bowl III, his hospital visit with a dying Vince Lombardi and how Rocky Marciano, right before his death, wanted to promote a fight between Hawk and Sonny Liston.
Harrelson is excited for the finished product and hopes to have his family over for a viewing party on Thursday.
“There was a lot we left out and couldn’t talk about,” Harrelson said with a laugh. “It’s flattering. It’s something I didn’t expect. I’m happier for my grandchildren because we’ll get copies of it and they’ll have it forever. They’re understanding just now that I played and it means a lot because they love the White Sox.”