Legendary Astros play-by-play broadcaster dies

- Hamilton’s 60 seasons of broadcasting Major League Baseball are second all-time to Vin Scully’s record of 66 seasons.  Although he broadcast for other clubs, Hamilton is best known for his long tenure as the radio voice of the Houston Astros. Hamilton joined the Astros radio broadcast team in 1985, and would remain as the primary, play-by-play voice until his retirement following the 2012 season. Following his retirement, Hamilton served as a guest radio commentator for select Astros home games from 2013-15, with his final stint in the booth coming this season on Sunday, June 28, during the Astros-Yankees game at Minute Maid Park.

Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan released the following statement regarding Hamilton’s passing:

“Today, the entire Astros family and many throughout the baseball world are mourning the loss of our friend, Milo Hamilton. For decades, Milo had a special connection with the Houston community, bringing Astros baseball to the cars and homes of fans throughout the great state of Texas and beyond. During his legendary career, we enjoyed the privilege of Milo calling some of the greatest moments in Astros history. In addition to his great work in the booth, Milo was also an outstanding ambassador for Astros baseball, a mantle he carried with a great deal of pride. While we mourn his sad passing, we should also celebrate Milo’s long, wonderful career. He was one of the all-time greats and a true icon whose contributions to the game and beyond will be remembered always. “

The Astros will announce plans to honor Hamilton’s legacy in the near future.

Prior to arriving in Houston, Hamilton’s Major League broadcasting career included stints with St. Louis, the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, Atlanta and Pittsburgh.

Sports director Mark Berman confirms Legendary Astros play-by-play broadcaster Milo Hamilton has passed away.

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. released the following statement on Thursday regarding the death of Milo Hamilton:

During his 60 years covering our game, Milo became one of the National Pastime’s most distinguished announcers, serving seven different Major League Clubs.  He chronicled some of our game’s most historic moments during the era of Hank Aaron, Stan Musial and Ernie Banks.  As ‘The Voice of the Astros’ since 1985, he ushered into the homes of fans Houston’s first World Series appearance, the Hall of Fame careers of Nolan Ryan and Craig Biggio, and countless other memories.

I enjoyed spending time with Milo during my trip to Houston earlier in this resurgent season for the Astros, and it was a pleasure to correspond with him in recent months.  On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Milo’s family, friends, admirers throughout the game and to all Astros fans.

 

Houston Mayor Annise Parker released the following statement on Thursday:

Holy Toledo!  Houston has lost a legend!  My heart goes out to the Houston Astros organization and the family, friends and fans of Major League Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton, who died today at the age of 88.  There was no mistaking the distinctive voice that called Astros games for more than 25 years.  He was a beloved member of the Houston community and will be greatly missed. 

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