Hawk Harrelson could get Hall call Wednesday
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter December 10, 2013 10:23PM
Updated: December 10, 2013 11:59PM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — After describing the White Sox for the entire 2013 season, Ken Harrelson deserves a prize. The Ford C. Frick Award, which will be announced Wednesday at the winter meetings, certainly would do.
That 99-loss season, Hawk’s 29th in the booth, took its toll on the passionate broadcaster.
“Even [wife] Aris was concerned about me taking the games so hard this year,’’ Harrelson said. “I said, ‘I’m sorry, I just can’t help it.’ ’’
Harrelson, who likes to visit the clubhouse after games, said there were times he didn’t last season for fear he’d get into an altercation with a player.
“I would have said something. At least I know enough now to just get in the car and go home,’’ he said.
Harrelson probably covets the Frick Award more than he lets on. He also knows there are 10 candidates and one winner.
“I don’t think about it, I don’t dwell on it unless somebody asks me,’’ he said. “If it happens it’s nice and it would be wonderful. And it probably will one day, but probably not in my lifetime because every one of the 10 guys on that list deserve to [have a plaque] in Cooperstown. They’re all great announcers. The only thing I’m worried about right now, really, is my short [golf] game. My short game is killing me.’’
Because the Hall now groups the voting on a rotating category basis — this is the “The High Tide Era” from 1980 to present — it would be another three years before Harrelson is considered.
“I don’t know what the odds are but I know he deserves to win the Frick Award,’’ chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. “He’s one of the most colorful and knowledgeable broadcasters around.’’