Ken Harrelson, the 1968 American League Player of the Year, a two-time Illinois Sportscaster of the Year and five-time Emmy Award winner, begins his 33rd season in the White Sox television booth and ninth with analyst Steve Stone ... agreed to a multiyear extension prior to the 2016 season ... will work an 81-game schedule this season, including most of the White Sox road games, the home opener and two games vs. the Cubs at Guaranteed Rate Field ... has been a finalist for the 2007, 2014 and 2017 Ford Frick Awards, presented annually since 1978 for major contributions to baseball broadcasting ... the broadcast level at Guaranteed Rate Field was renamed the "Hawk Harrelson Broadcast Level" on 4/29/11 ... was honored with the 2010 Ring Lardner Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism in the broadcast category at the Union League Club in Chicago on 1/19/11 ... past recipients of the award include Bob Costas, Pat Foley, Greg Gumbel and Brent Musburger ... the White Sox celebrated "Hawk Harrelson Night" on 6/8/10, where he was saluted by a number of special guests in a pre-game ceremony ... the Hawk's exuberant home run call and colorful nicknames have become familiar to Sox fans ... received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Comcast SportsNet Awards Dinner in February 2007, which benefited the March of Dimes ... also worked in the broadcast booth for the Sox from 1982-85 ... left the booth on 10/2/85 to become Sox executive vice president for baseball operations ... after serving as the club's general manager for one season, he resigned to resume his broadcasting career ... served as play-by-play man for New York Yankees telecasts on SportsChannel New York in 1987-88 ... began his broadcasting career with Boston in 1975, where he worked until joining the White Sox in 1981 ... Harrelson played Major League Baseball for nine seasons, helping the Red Sox win the American League pennant in 1967 ... enjoyed his finest season with Boston in 1968, when he hit 35 home runs with a major-league leading 109 RBI ... hit 30 home runs when he split the 1969 season between the Red Sox and Cleveland ... also played with Washington and Kansas City during his career, which ended with a broken leg in 1970 ... is credited with bringing the batting glove to baseball ... played golf professionally for three and one-half years, qualifying for and playing in the 1972 British Open and winning some small tournaments, before beginning his broadcasting career with the Red Sox ... also competed on the Celebrity Golf Association and Celebrity Players tours, winning the Celebrity Golf Invitational in 1994 and the Dan Marino Charity Golf Invitational in 1999 when he beat Rick Rhoden in a playoff ... participated in the Michael Jordan/Ronald McDonald Children's Charities Celebrity Golf Classic ... Harrelson, who was an All-America basketball player in high school, has been heavily involved through the years in raising money for Chicago White Sox Charities, including hosting the annual Hawk Open charity golf outing ... Harrelson and his wife, Aris, have two children: daughter Krista and son Casey, and three grandchildren: Nico, Alexander and Hank Hawk ... his son Casey, who played in the White Sox minor-league system in 1999, is a professional golfer ... the family resides in Granger, Ind.
Jason Benetti enters his second season as a member of the White Sox television broadcast team, joining Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and Steve Stone ... will call a majority of the White Sox home games at Guaranteed Rate Field in 2017 ... worked a total of 84 games as the White Sox play-by-play voice in 2016: 78 at U.S. Cellular Field (not including the home opener and two games vs. the Cubs), three at Miami and three at Toronto ... participated in a baseball experience for visually impaired students and visited patients at Ronald McDonald House during Sox Serve Week 2016 ... since 2011, has worked as a play-by-play announcer at ESPN for college baseball, basketball, football and lacrosse, as well as high school football ... called the New Orleans Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl, Military Bowl and Citrus Bowl (radio) as part of ESPN's 2016-17 bowl coverage ... also handled play-by-play for the first ever college football game at Guaranteed Rate Field on 11/9/16 when Toledo defeated Northern Illinois, 31-24, in the "Huskie Chi-Town Showdown" ... prior to joining ESPN, was the play- by-play voice of the Syracuse Chiefs in the International League and worked for FOX Sports, Westwood One Radio and Time Warner Cable SportsChannel ... was born with cerebal palsy (CP) and is part of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation's 'Just Say Hi' campaign that launched in 2015 ... has presented to ESPN's ENABLED, the network's resource group that celebrates and addresses employee diversity, including people with disabilities ... is a 2005 graduate of Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism, economics and psychology ... worked as an adjunct professor at Syracuse's S.I. Newhouse School for Communications ... earned a juris doctor from Wake Forest University's School of Law in 2011 ... ... is a Chicago-area native, and graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School ... resides in Chicago.
Steve Stone begins his 10th season as a White Sox broadcaster, his ninth in the television booth with Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and second with Jason Benetti ... agreed to a multiyear contract extension prior to the 2016 season ... was honored with the 2015 Ring Lardner Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism in the broadcast category at the Union League Club in Chicago on 5/4/15 ... provided color commentary on the White Sox Radio Network during the 2008 season alongside Ed Farmer ... was a 2008 Ford Frick nominee ... substituted for television analyst Darrin Jackson on six broadcasts during the 2007 season ... spent 20 seasons (1983-2000 and 2003-04) in the Chicago Cubs broadcast booth working with Hall of Famer Harry Caray, and later, Caray's grandson, Chip ... left his television duties following the 2001 season to serve as a competition consultant before returning for the 2003 season ... serves as a baseball analyst for Comcast SportsNet Chicago, appearing on a number of the network's shows ... called postseason games for TBS in 2007 and also worked select national games for ESPN from 2005-06 ... following his retirement in June 1982, was a member of ABC's "Monday Night Baseball" telecasts, working dual roles with the Cubs in 1983 ... pitched in MLB from 1971-1981 for San Francisco (1971-72), the White Sox (1973, 1977-78), Cubs (1974-76) and Baltimore (1979-1981), going 107-93 with a 3.96 ERA in 320 games ... won the 1980 American League Cy Young Award with the Orioles, going 25-7 with a 3.23 ERA and nine complete games ... posted a 27-24 record with the Sox ... was part of a 1973 trade that sent him to the Cubs and brought Ron Santo, his eventual broadcasting colleague with the Cubs, to the White Sox ... is a 1970 graduate of Kent State University ... resides in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ed Farmer enters his 26th full season on the White Sox Radio Network and 12th handling play-by-play duties ... enters his ninth season working alongside Darrin Jackson in 2017, the team's second on WLS-AM 890 ... broadcasted two seasons with Chris Singleton (2006-07) and one with Steve Stone (2008) prior to Jackson ... teamed with John Rooney as the Sox color commentator for 14 seasons from 1992-2005 ... in 2004, Farmer and Rooney were named best radio team in the American League by USAToday.com ... substituted for Rooney on Sunday radio broadcasts in 1991 before taking over full-time color duties in 1992 ... was a feature reporter on FOX Sports Net's pre-game show from 1994-98 ... appeared on ESPN Radio 1000 during the 2002 offseason, con- ducting weekly interviews with former Notre Dame head football coach Tyrone Willingham ... served as special assistant to Ron Schueler in 1991 and provided baseball insight to the broadcasts ... also did limited radio work during Sox broadcasts in 1990 ... was a major-league scout with Baltimore from 1988-90 ... appeared before the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995 to testify about polycystic kidney disease, a disease that forced him to undergo a kidney transplant in 1991 ... previously served on the board of directors of the Polycystic Kidney Disease Research Foundation ... played for Cleveland (1971-73), Detroit (1973), Philadelphia (1974), Baltimore (1977), Milwaukee (1978), Texas (1979), the White Sox (1979-81), Philadelphia again (1982-83) and Oakland (1983) during his 11-year major-league career ... compiled a 30-43 lifetime mark with 75 saves ... set a then Sox record for saves in a season with 30 in 1980 and ranks 10th in club history with 54 saves ... his 0.87 ERA in August 1979 remains the lowest mark for a month by any Sox pitcher since 1970 ... made the American League All-Star Team in 1980 and fired a perfect inning in the game ... a native of Chicago, Farmer graduated from St. Rita High School, where he starred in both baseball and basketball ... was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame in 1999 ... served several years as a panelist for Golf Digest magazine, evaluating the Top 100 golf courses in the United States ... is an avid fan of Notre Dame football ... emceed a luncheon prior to the Notre Dame-Michigan game in September 2010 ... worked with Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White on Illinois' organ donation program ... resides in Calabasas, Calif., with his wife, Barbara, and daughter, Shanda.
Darrin Jackson is in his 18th season as a broadcaster for the White Sox and his ninth in the radio booth ... partners with play-by-play man Ed Farmer on the club's flagship station, WLS-AM 890 ... worked with Ken "Hawk" Harrelson in the television booth from 2000-08 to provide color commentary for Sox telecasts ... worked several FOX Saturday afternoon "Game of the Week" broadcasts in 2001 ... batted .257 with 80 home runs and 317 RBI over 960 career games with the Chicago Cubs (1985-89), San Diego (1989-92), Toronto (1993), the New York Mets (1993), White Sox (1994, '99), Minnesota (1997) and Milwaukee (1997-98) ... played for the Seibu Lions in the Japanese Pacific League in 1995-96 ... batted a career-high .312 in 87 games with the Sox in 1994 ... missed six weeks of the 1993 season with hyperthyroidism ... played in a career-high 155 games with the Padres in 1992, hitting 17 home runs with 70 RBI while leading the majors with 18 outfield assists ... hit a career-high 21 home runs in 1991 ... appeared in 100 games for the Cubs in 1988 ... was drafted by the Cubs in the second round in 1981 ... married Robin ... has four children: Alexandre, Arianna, Aidan and Tatum.