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Report: Astros broadcaster to retire after 2012

Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:37 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Astros radio broadcaster Milo Hamilton will announce his intent to retire following the 2012 season,'s Brian McTaggart reports.

The team will have a press conference for Hamilton, 84, on Wednesday.

Hamilton has announced Major League games for 59 years and won the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award in 1992.

Hamilton's started broadcasting big-league baseball in 1953 with the St. Louis Browns. When the Browns moved to Baltimore, he stayed in St. Louis, where he worked with Harry Caray and Jack Buck in 1954. After just one season with the Cardinals, he caught on with the Cubs, working with Jack Brickhouse and Vince Lloyd. He served three years with the Cubs and after four-years out of baseball, moved to the White Sox in 1961.

Hamilton was the first voice of the Braves, getting the job when the team moved from Milwaukee in 1966. He worked in Atlanta until after the 1975 season, calling Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th career homer.

From Atlanta, Hamilton had stints with the Pirates and Cubs before joining the Astros in 1985.

Since 2006, he's mostly called only home games for the Astros. He will, however, make the trip to Miami in April to broadcast in the new Marlins ballpark, marking his 60th different ballpark in which he's called a game.

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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:26 am

Report: Astros broadcaster to retire after 2012

Holy Toledo, what a career.  Thanks for the memories, Milo!  2013 will be a tough one to swallow as the first for the Astros in the junior circuit and my first as an Astros fan without you filling up the summer days with anecdotes of bygone days.

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 10:09 am

Report: Astros broadcaster to retire after 2012

I'm happy for Milo, but sad for my ears. I started listening to him on WGN and was thrilled when he joined the Astros. I don't know if he's in the broadcaster section of the MLB Hall of Fame, but he should be and quickly so he can properly be applauded while he's alive. He's a true class act who will be missed. Thanks for the memories Milo.

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 8:47 am

Report: Astros broadcaster to retire after 2012

Now that Milo is retiring, Al Mccoy, Radio Broadcaster for the Phoenix Suns is the best and current longest tenured broadcaster for the NBA and Major Sports Leagues. Al started broadcasting games for the Suns in 1972!

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:51 pm

Report: Astros broadcaster to retire after 2012

Seems to me he had a stint in Cleveland too, or was it a sentence...

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