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Hawk Harrelson in The Greatest Stories Ever Told

Hourlong documentary on White Sox broadcaster will air tonight

Maybe the headline is overstating it, but tonight should still be pretty good. MLB Network will air its hourlong documentary, "Hawk: The Colorful Life of Ken Harrelson" tonight at 6 p.m. CST, and the press release is entertaining enough.

According to the network's description, the ground covered includes:

  • "How Hall of Fame boxer Rocky Marciano offered him a chance to fight former World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston at Fenway Park"
  • "That he twice turned down offers to be manager of the Boston Red Sox and assisted owner Dick O’Connell in offering the job to Don Zimmer"
  • "When Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath explained to him the night before Super Bowl III how the New York Jets were going to beat the Baltimore Colts"
  • "How his pro golf career came to an end in a tournament in Florida when an alligator bit off his hand, although he did tear one of the alligator's eyes out during the struggle."

OK, that last one was a minor plot point from "Happy Gilmore." Maybe! I haven't seen it yet, so it's hard to rule anything out.

Ed Sherman has seen it, and he offers a few more details in his Tribune column. It sounds like we might get the story behind the Nehru jacket, but maybe not the Hamburglar getup.

I'll use this post for a live-threading as it airs, so if you're DVRing it, spoiler alerts abound.