Hall of Fame induction, including Hawk Harrelson speech, likely to be postponed

Vinnie Duber
NBC Sports Chicago

It seems Hawk Harrelson's highly anticipated Hall of Fame speech will have to wait another summer.

As Major League Baseball continues to discuss ways to salvage the 2020 season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Hall of Fame induction weekend in Cooperstown, New York, is expected to be postponed this week, according to a report from USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

Harrelson, the legendary White Sox broadcaster who is responsible for his own chapter in the baseball lexicon, was announced as the Ford C. Frick Award winner in December, earning him a spot in the broadcasting wing of the Hall of Fame.

Along with Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller, Harrelson was slated to give an induction speech this summer. Given his colorful life in the game, White Sox fans and those who found so much entertainment in Harrelson's brand of broadcasting couldn't wait to hear what he had in store.

Instead, that speech will likely have to wait until 2021, when the Hall of Fame could honor the classes of 2020 and 2021 in a joint induction ceremony unthreatened by the pandemic that has hit the state of New York particularly hard.

Nightengale outlined many of the economic dangers, some of them catastrophic, that could overwhelm small businesses in Cooperstown without a Hall of Fame weekend to power the local economy. Jeter's inclusion in this year's class was expected to bring many nearby New York Yankees fans to celebrate one of that franchise's most iconic players.

Meanwhile, White Sox fans would deal with a much less serious bummer of not getting to hear from one of their franchise icons as he joins the game's ultimate fraternity.

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Hall of Fame induction, including Hawk Harrelson speech, likely to be postponed originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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