Why does the anouncer of the Chicago White Sox (Hawk Harrelson) call the Boston Red Sox "CARMINES".

The name Red Sox refers to the red hose in the team uniform beginning 1908. Carmine is a shade of red. Thus, "Carmines" became another nickname for the Red Sox at least according to White Sox Ken "Hawk" Harrelson.

Fired by the Red Sox for criticism of management, Harrelson changed his Sox in 1982 when he took his mic skills to Chicago where he has spent most of his broadcasting career.

He probably used it so he can say the Sox and not mean or confused his audience with both teams.

For those unfamiliar with Hawks’ Sox history, Hawk came to Boston as a free agent signing in August of 1967 after Tony Conigliaro suffered his season-ending injury when he was hit in the face by a Jack Hamilton pitch. Hawk took over in right field as the Impossible Dream Sox won the pennant and took St. Louis to seven games before losing the World Series.

Harrelson had a tremendous 1968 season, belting 35 home runs and leading the American League with 109 runs batted in. He was traded to Cleveland early the next season and by the next year, after a broken leg, he retired from baseball to play golf professionally, an endeavor which resulted in marginal success. Read more at HeraldNews.com.