Chicago White Sox: Top 5 Hawk Harrelson Nicknames of All-Time
Long-time White Sox broadcaster, Ken "Hawk" Harrelson has had coined the greatest phrases in baseball broadcasting history. Phrases such as, "He gone!" and "Put it on the board, yes!" have made Hawk into the broadcasting legend he is today.
Phrases aren't the only thing he has coined. He has come up with the greatest and longest running nicknames for different White Sox players.
In appreciation for the Hawk, lets take a look at his top five nicknames.
#5: Lance "One Dog" Johnson
One Dog played for the White Sox for eight seasons from 1988 until 1995. He played outfield becoming a starter for the Sox in 1990.
He had a pretty good run with the Sox. In his eight seasons with the club he hit .286 with over 1,000 hits and over 200 stolen bases.
Only a one time All-Star (in 1996 with the Mets), Johnson was very under-appreciated as he hit above .300 six times out of his 14 seasons in the Major Leagues. He also swiped over 20 bags eight times in his career including a 50 steal season in 1996.
#4: Javier "The Silent Assassin" Vazquez
The Silent Assassin played for the White Sox for three seasons from 2006-2008. Vazquez was a starting pitcher for the White Sox.
Vazquez had a very mediocre run, in my opinion, with the Sox but had one great year in 2007. In 2007 Vazquez earned himself a 15 win season with an ERA under four and over 200 strike outs.
At this point in Vazquez's career he has compiled 156 wins, including 15 wins or more three times, 26 complete games, over 2,000 strike outs, five seasons over 200 strike outs, and a career ERA of 4.30.
#3: Carlos "El Caballo" Lee
El Caballo or The Horse is one nickname that sticks with Carlos no matter what team he plays for.
Lee played for the White Sox for six seasons from 1999-2004. During his run with the club, he was definitely one of the many fan favorites.
In his six seasons on the south side, Lee slugged over 150 home runs, drove in over 550 runs, and had an average of .288.
Lee's best season with the club came in 2003 when he slugged 31 home runs, hit for an average around .300, drove in over 100 runs, and even swiped 18 bases. How he was not named an All-Star that season is beyond me.
#2: Herbert "The Milkman" Perry
Even though The Milkman only played with the Sox for two seasons, this nickname could not be kept off my list.
The Milkman Perry played for the Sox only from 2000 to 2001. He had a decent short lived run with the club hitting .286 and driving in over 90 runs.
He didn't really do anything that special on the ball field but his hilarious nickname earned a spot on my list.
#1: Frank "Big Hurt" Thomas
The Big Hurt earns a well deserving number one spot. Now he didn't earn it because of the humor of his nickname like The Milkman did. He earned it because it is the longest running Hawk Harrelson nickname yet.
The future Hall of Famer had an outstanding 16 seasons with the White Sox from 1990 to 2005. The run away fan favorite of the ball club was responsible for turning many little kids during that time period on to the White Sox and baseball.
In his 16 seasons, The Big Hurt slugged over 400 home runs, drove in over 1,400 runs, and hit for an average over .300.
He was named the MVP twice, won the Silver Slugger Award four times, and made the All-Star team an outstanding five seasons in a row.
Thomas slugged over 40 home runs five times in his career all with the White Sox and drove in over 115 runs five times also all with the south side club.