Houston Astros Radio Play-by-Play Announcer Milo Hamilton to Step Down After 2012 Season
Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton announced today that the 2012 season will be his last full-time season in the radio booth for the Houston Astros. The 84 year-old Hamilton has been with the Astros since 1985 and the 2012 season will be his 59th in Major League Baseball. Since 2006 Hamilton has called primarily home games while making a small number of road trips per season.
Hamilton has had a storied career in Major League Baseball with previous stops with the Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves. He was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992 as a Ford C. Frick Award recipient.
MLB.com covered Hamilton's press conference earlier today: "I've known for a couple of years that this would be my final season calling games," Hamilton said. "It's been a wonderful career. I never dreamed it would go on this long. There have been so many great moments, most of which have come with the Astros."
Hamilton was the behind the mic for the Astros lone World Series appearance in 2005 against the White Sox and additional playoff appearances in 1986, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2004. His most iconic call is Hank Aaron's Major League Baseball record-breaking 715th home run for the Braves in 1974.
Hamilton after 2012 will stay with the Astros in an ambassador role emceeing events, making sponsor appearances and occasional guest spots on Astros radio and television broadcasts.