Harry to Hawk: Ranking Chicago’s top pro sports announcers of the … – Chicago Tribune

The 1979-80 Chicago Bulls weren’t much to look at. Reggie Theus and company won just 30 games for coach Jerry Sloan. But to hear those? That was something else.

Calling the action on WIND-AM 560 was Jim Durham, one of the NBA’s truly great announcers and, as reflected in the list below, one of Chicago’s best pro sports team announcers in the last 40 years.

Between long-time White Sox voice Ken “Hawk” Harrelson announcing his retirement, effective after next season, and the death of former Sox analyst Jimmy Piersall, this seems like the right time to rank the play-by-play and analysts who call pro games locally.

Anything of this nature is picking a fight. The choices are as arbitrary as the standards on which they’re based.

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