White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson will retire after the 2018 season

Hawk Harrelson

CHICAGO – Fans who’ve enjoyed the calls of the White Sox charismatic play-by-play announcer over the past three decades will hear his final call from the booth coming up in 2018.

On Wednesday the White Sox announced that Ken “Hawk” Harrelson will return for his 34th and final season with the team in 2018.

He will call a 20-game schedule next year, consisting primarily of Sunday home games. Harrelson spoke to reporters shortly after the announcement was made and emotionally discussed his time with the White Sox.

Harrelson also said that he hoped to spend more time with his grandchildren as they continue to grow up and start playing sports of their own.

Meanwhile the team announced a longterm contract extension with Jason Benetti, the team’s play-by-play announcer for home games.