Harrelson went to the broadcast booth in 1975, spent one season as White Sox general manager in 1986 and became the team’s play-by-play voice in 1990, a position in which he has since remained. On Wednesday at Guaranteed Rate Field, Harrelson informed chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and the White Sox organization that 2018 would be his last season. He will call 20 games, including Sunday home contests and other select games. “I never had really considered myself anything but a baseball man,” Harrelson said. “I am the luckiest guy in the world to have been able to make this my life’s work.” That Harrelson has more than one persona is real but not easy to detect. Ever passionate for baseball and the White Sox, Harrelson spoke of those long drives from Chicago to his home near South Bend, Indiana, which were often tough after a loss. But retirement means more time with his family, especially his young grandchildren. “There is the Hawk who is opinionated, brash passionate as heck about his White Sox “Harrelson said. “Then we have Kenneth. He is pretty reserved and introspective. He is the family guy and grandpa.” When looking at Harrelson’s career, you have to wonder why he has not been selected for inclusion in the Baseball Hall of Fame broadcast wing at Cooperstown, New York. The Ford C. Frick Award is given out to modern era broadcasters every three years. For some unknown reason, the Hawk has not been given his due. This, of course, is a joke. White Sox slugger Todd Frazier working to hit his stride During his heyday, Harrelson was and still remains one of the most polarizing and provocative broadcasters in baseball history. Many have loved the passion and home team prodding that Hawk brings in his broadcasts. Others dislike Harrelson for the very same reasons. The truth is there is no in between when it comes to this straight-from-the-hip shooter. “Hawk has left a lasting imprint on the game of baseball across what will be an amazing career in the game,” White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. “His passion for the White Sox and for the game of baseball is apparent in every telecast he does.” As Reinsdorf further pointed out, the Hawkisms make him beyond unique in a cookie cutter world of similar baseball voices these days. His catch phrases are synonymous with the White Sox. You can put it on the board, yes’ remains a fixture around the game, as it will well beyond his retirement. You may love Harrelson, you may hate him. One thing for sure is he was never boring. “I still love it,” he said while tearing up. “I do want to spend more time with the grandkids. I talked it over with my wife. This has been the greatest ride of my life. It has been a lot of fun. I will remember this forever.” After calling Reinsdorf the greatest owner in sports and thanking the White Sox fans, Hawk made his exit into the bowels of the ballpark. After 2018, Harrelson will be gone but never forgotten. You can put that on the board — yes! Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score and CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.
SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers have passed a bill to make punishments for intentionally infecting someone with HIV the same as for other communicable diseases. The state Senate voted Wednesday to send SB239 to the Assembly. It would make knowingly exposing someone to HIV a misdemeanor instead of a felony. Under current law, if a person who knows they have HIV has unprotected sex without telling their partner about the disease they can be convicted of a felony and face years in jail. Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco who authored the bill says the current law is a relic of the decades-old AIDS scare and unfairly punishes HIV-positive people based on outdated science. It is a misdemeanor to intentionally transmit any other communicable disease including potentially deadly diseases like hepatitis. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
CHICAGO (AP) — Pablo Sandoval hit a tiebreaking single in Boston’s four-run sixth inning and Drew Pomeranz struck out eight in his second straight win, helping the Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 4-1 on Wednesday night. Sandoval went 3 for 4 in his first game since he was activated from the disabled list Tuesday after being sidelined by a sprained right knee. It was an encouraging sign for the Red Sox, who are in need of some help at the plate with Dustin Pedroia sidelined by a sprained left wrist. Chicago wasted a great start by Mike Pelfrey in its second consecutive loss after winning four of five. The big right-hander struck out five while pitching five scoreless innings of two-hit ball, leaving him with a 1.13 ERA over his last three games.
(CBS) — State lawmakers have approved a plan to increase Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 over five years. The Senate voted 30-23 Wednesday evening, a day after the House backed it. The state’s minimum wage is $8.25. The proposal would raise it incrementally until 2022. The plan also includes a tax credit for some small businesses. Democratic Sen. Kimberly Lightford is a sponsor. She says it’s the best chance to raise wages and improve living conditions for many Illinois residents. But opponents worry about the impact on businesses. Republican Sen. Kyle McCarter of Lebanon calls raising the wage an “artificial way” of helping people. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a message Wednesday. The Republican has said he’d support a minimum wage increase in conjunction with other regulatory changes. Also, lawmakers approved a plan to revamp the state’s 20-year-old school funding formula. State senators endorsed the measure 35-22 late Wednesday after the House OKd it. The proposal would direct new funds to districts based on student population needs and available local resources. No district would receive less money than they currently do under the plan.
By Bruce Levine– CHICAGO (CBS) — After hearing that Ken ‘Hawk’ Harrelson will be putting down the microphone for good after the 2018 season, 60 years of contributions to the game begin to come in full focus. This baseball man for all seasons has done it all in the sport he loves the best. “I have never worked a day in my life,” Harrelson told me on numerous occasions. What the 75-year-old baseball lifer meant is that being in baseball has been a gift to him all of these years. Harrelson signed his first professional contract in 1959 with the Kansas City A’s and broke into the big leagues in 1963 at the age of 21. He played nine seasons and 900 games along the way, popularizing the batting glove during his playing career.