(CBS) The man who made famous the saying “He gone” won’t be “gone” for quite some time.
The White Sox announced Wednesday they have agreed to a four-year contract extension with television broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson. Hawk’s new deal will keep him with the White Sox through the 2015 season. His previous deal was set to expire at the end of the 2011 season.
“The White Sox are thrilled to have Hawk back in the booth for the next four seasons,” said Brooks Boyer, White Sox Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales. “Hawk is deservingly recognized as one of the game’s great broadcasters, and his overall passion for the White Sox has made him a very popular legend among our devoted fans.”
The 2012 season will mark Hawk’s 27th as a White Sox broadcaster. He was the Ford C. Frick Award nominee for excellence in broadcasting in 2007 and 2011 and is a five-time Emmy Award winner.
“As millions of White Sox fans already know, Hawk’s love and passion for this team is second to none, so we are extremely pleased to have one of the nation’s most colorful baseball announcers continue his informative and entertaining work on Comcast SportsNet through 2015,” said James J. Corno, president of Comcast SportsNet Chicago. “On a personal level, I’ve had the great pleasure of having Hawk as both a trusted business colleague and close friend for nearly three decades and there’s no doubt in my mind he will one day have his place in Baseball’s Hall of Fame.”
“Hawk is truly one of Chicago’s Very Own and we’re excited that he will continue to bring his passion for White Sox baseball to our WGN-TV viewers,” said Marty Wilke, general manager of WGN-TV.