Drysdale, Harrelson team up for White Sox


CHICAGO -- Former major leaguers Don Drysdale and Ken Harrelson will head the Chicago White Sox 1982 broadcast team, the club announced Tuesday.

The pair of former major leaguers replaces Harry Caray, who switched to the Chicago Cubs last week, and Jimmy Piersall, who will host pre and post-game shows on the Sox' new pay television channel.


'They combine the expertise of having played the game and played it well with the professionalism of being announcers who have plied their trade for many years,' Sox co-owner Eddie Einhorn said.

The hiring of Drysdale, former all-star pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers and commentator for the California Angels and ABC-TV, and Harrelson, former Red Sox outfielder and analyst, breaks with the flamboyant broadcast style that has distinguished the Sox in recent years.

'I don't think we're entertainers,' Drysdale said. 'The ball club is the entertainment. The game will dictate exactly what I say.'

'The game is the thing,' Harrelson added.

Einhorn said Drysdale and Harrelson will form one broadcast team, with veteran play-by-play man Joe McConnell heading the other. The fourth member of the broadcast team will be announced later, after the Sox reach a radio broadcast agreement for next year.


Harrelson decided to jump from the Red Sox to the White Sox because of differences with Boston General Manager Haywood Sullivan and the lure of a five-year $1 million contract. Harrelson made about one-third that salary as a Red Sox analyst.

'Haywood Sullivan and I didn't get along, and I was concerned about the direction of the ballclub,' Harrelson said Monday. 'But the contract was the major thing. It was the first consideration.'

Harrelson and Sullivan haven't seen eye to eye since the former American League slugger sharply criticized the Red Sox management last winter.

The Sox also said a minimum of 30 games a year will be broadcast on WFLD-TV (Channel 32), beginning in 1983. An announcement for 1982 free TV games will be made later, Einhorn said.

The Sox earlier announced most of their television exposure will come on a new pay television channel, Sportsvision, which begins operation on Channel 60 next year.

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