The Biloxi Shuckers are losing the only voice they’ve ever had.
After serving for three seasons as the radio play-by-play man for the team, Chris Harris has been hired in the same capacity by the rival Mississippi Braves.
Harris will begin his new job next week, marking his third stint with a team in the Double-A Southern League. Prior to joining the Shuckers in 2015, Harris worked in the same role for the Jackson Generals in his hometown of Jackson, Tennessee.
“After three exciting years in the organization, (Friday) will be my final day with the Biloxi Shuckers,” Harris said in a statement Wednesday. “To be a part of helping to build a franchise (literally) from the ground up, helping to establish a brand was a privilege that not many in the sports industry get to experience. I cannot thank the community enough for not only accepting me but this franchise into their lives.”
Harris was on the call for the Shuckers’ inaugural game on April 9, 2015, in Pensacola as the Shuckers picked up a 4-0 win over the Blue Wahoos.
He also made the dramatic call when the Shuckers earned a 5-4 win in 14 innings over the Mobile BayBears in the team’s first game at MGM Park on June 6, 2015. The game was played before a crowd of 5,065 with the stadium still undergoing some work.
While dealing with interest from national media outlets such as Sports Illustrated and ESPN, Harris helped the affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers navigate a 54-game road trip to begin their first season in 2015.
Beyond handling the duties in the radio booth, Harris also handled public relations, media relations and the team’s website during his time in Biloxi.
Harris was named the Southern League Radio Broadcaster of the Year for the 2017 campaign. He also won the award in 2013 for his work with the Generals.