Legendary broadcaster Milo Hamilton, who called baseball for over 60 years and seven teams, passed away Thursday in Houston. He was 88 years old.
Hamilton 27 years broadcasting games for the Houston Astros, from 1985 until 2012, were his longest with any team, and the Astros announced the news of the death.
Hamilton started broadcasting baseball in 1953 when he got his start with the St. Louis Browns of the American League, then for the St. Louis Cardinals for a year. He also worked for the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and Chicago White Sox before settling in Houston.
In 1992, Hamilton was awarded with the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame, the highest award for a broadcaster in baseball.
He is known for a lot in his career, but one of his most profound moments was calling Hank Aaron‘s 715th home run for the Braves.
“There’s a drive into left-center field,” Hamilton said with his usual excitement. “That ball is gonna be outta here. It’s gone! It’s 715! There’s a new home run champion of all time, and it’s Henry Aaron! The fireworks are going! Henry Aaron’s coming around third. His teammates are at home plate. Listen to the crowd.”
Hamilton always had a lot of energy in the booth, best exemplified by his famous call, “Holy Toledo, what a play!”
Leland Milo Hamilton was born on September 2, 1927, in Fairfield, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1949. He called basketball and football games for the Iowa Hawkeyes, which is where he got his start in sports broadcasting. In additon to Hawkeyes games, he was a part of the Navy during World War II as a broadcaster for Armed Forces Radio.
There is no doubt that Milo will be missed and he is an icon and one of the most respected baseball broadcasters in history.