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Hall of Fame announcer, Milo Hamilton
Hall of Fame announcer, Milo Hamilton's his final post-game broadcast from Gallery Furniture.
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THREE HOME RUN CALLS OF HANK AARON
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Milo Hamilton Says Holy Toledo One Last Time
Milo Hamilton Says Holy Toledo One Last Time
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CUBS 1984  : RADIO CALLS (RARE)   HARRY CARAY, LOUBOUDREAU & MILO HAMILTON
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2012/09/26 Milo on his last broadcast
2012/09/26 Milo on his last broadcast
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Chicago Cubs - "Milo Hamilton" (Promo, 1980)
Chicago Cubs - "Milo Hamilton" (Promo, 1980)
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Rotary Night at Astros Promo w Milo Hamilton
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2012/08/30 Milo Hamilton gets pranked
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Houston Astros Season Opener 2013 Milo Hamilton Motivational Speach
Houston Astros Season Opener 2013 Milo Hamilton Motivational Speach
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Tru Link Fence commercial with Milo Hamilton
Tru Link Fence commercial with Milo Hamilton
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"The Proposal" with Jack Brickhouse and Milo Hamilton
"The Proposal" with Jack Brickhouse and Milo Hamilton
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Tempur-pedic - Milo Hamilton
Tempur-pedic - Milo Hamilton
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Milo has the call for Biggio
Milo has the call for Biggio's 3,000th hit
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Hank Aaron Homerun #715
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KTRH talks to Astros Ambassador Milo Hamilton
KTRH talks to Astros Ambassador Milo Hamilton
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The Houston Astros Honor Mariano Rivera (w/ Milo Hamilton and Joe Torre)
The Houston Astros Honor Mariano Rivera (w/ Milo Hamilton and Joe Torre)
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Milo Hamilton Way Unveiled April 8th, 2009
Milo Hamilton Way Unveiled April 8th, 2009
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John Eagle Honda Milo Hamilton Bobble head promo
John Eagle Honda Milo Hamilton Bobble head promo
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Milo Hamilton Final Broadcast
Milo Hamilton Final Broadcast
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Milo Hamilton: Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago 2013
Milo Hamilton: Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago 2013
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Milo Hamilton partners with All Star Construction
Milo Hamilton partners with All Star Construction
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Milo Hamilton Kicks Off The "Bring The Shuttle Home" Rally
Milo Hamilton Kicks Off The "Bring The Shuttle Home" Rally
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Hall Of Fame Announcer, Milo Hamilton, Does His Final Post-Game Broadcast
Hall Of Fame Announcer, Milo Hamilton, Does His Final Post-Game Broadcast
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Milo Hamilton private autograph session with Clutch City Productions on 05/31/13!
Milo Hamilton private autograph session with Clutch City Productions on 05/31/13!
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Champion Energy Testimonial - Milo Hamilton
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Milo Hamilton
Milo Hamilton
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1982, Harry Caray moves to Cubs
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Hamilton by Milo Mitchell and Tommy Mose Abbott
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Milo Sj Lesson 28/7/10
Milo Sj Lesson 28/7/10
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An Evening of Baseball
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CFL Chris Milo makes a 108 Yard Punt
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Discussion on America
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All Star Construction Holiday Greeting
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Milo Hamilton
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Milo Hamilton and Mike Krukow at Wrigley Field, June 10, 1981
Born Leland Milo Hamilton
(1927-09-02) September 2, 1927 (age 87)
Fairfield, Iowa, United States
Occupation Sportscaster
Spouse(s) Arlene Hamilton (1951-2005, her death)
Children Mark and Patricia

Leland Milo Hamilton (born September 2, 1927 in Fairfield, Iowa) is an American sportscaster, best known for calling play-by-play for seven different Major League Baseball teams since 1953.[1] He received the Ford Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.[2]

He is known by his middle name, which is pronounced "MY-loh".

Early career[edit]

Hamilton was born in Fairfield, Iowa, a small city in the southeastern part of the state. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. During his time in the Navy, he broadcast on Armed Forces Radio. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1949. After beginning his sportscasting career by calling college football and basketball for the Iowa Hawkeyes, as well as minor league baseball in the Quad Cities region and the Tri-Cities Blackhawks of the NBA (now the Atlanta Hawks), he got his first MLB announcing job in 1953, with the St. Louis Browns of the American League.[3]

When the Browns moved to Baltimore as the Orioles, Hamilton did not make the move. Instead, he moved to the St. Louis Cardinals, where he worked alongside Harry Caray and Jack Buck during the 1954 season. However, he was let go after only one year when the Cardinals wanted a spot in the booth for Joe Garagiola.[3] Hamilton next moved to the Chicago Cubs, working alongside Jack Brickhouse and Vince Lloyd. After three years, he was let go when Cubs owner P.K. Wrigley wanted to make room for Lou Boudreau as a broadcaster.[3]

After four years away from baseball, Hamilton moved to the Chicago White Sox in 1961,[3] serving as the assistant to the longtime White Sox announcer Bob Elson.

Atlanta Braves[edit]

When the Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta for the 1966 season, Hamilton got the call to become the team's play-by-play announcer. Hamilton's voice was already somewhat known in Atlanta; local station WGST had been part of the White Sox radio network in the early 1960s. Hamilton was paired with Ernie Johnson, Sr., a retired Braves player.

Hamilton soon became so popular in Atlanta that executives with Braves flagship station WSB-TV credited the Braves' high ratings on television (in 1972, with a prime-time ratio of 27) in part to Hamilton.[3]

While in Atlanta, Hamilton narrated Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th career home run in the Braves' home opener for 1974:

Years later Hamilton remarked, "Hammer (Aaron) and I are forever joined at the hip because of 715."

The Braves did not draw good attendance at that time because of several poor-to-mediocre seasons from 1971 through 1975. Hamilton criticized the poor attendance on the air. He refused to gloss over this issue, and the Braves' owners fired him after the 1975 season.[3] Shortly thereafter, the team was sold to Ted Turner, who made the Braves a national phenomenon via then-cable "superstation" WTCG (later to become WTBS, now TBS) with Hamilton's replacements Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren, with Johnson continuing in the booth.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Hamilton briefly considered a return to St. Louis after Jack Buck left the Cardinals for NBC, but Hamilton pulled out of talks after learning Buck could return to the team to reclaim his job if the NBC project (GrandStand) failed. Instead, he joined the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 1976 season, succeeding Bob Prince. Any announcer would have had difficulty following the deeply entrenched Prince, who had been part of the Pirates' broadcast team since 1948 and who had been the Pirates' top announcer since 1954. Hamilton was the subject of biting criticism by sportswriters and by fans. Most of them were used to Prince's folksy style, and they thought that Hamilton was too restrained. One writer derided Hamilton's style as "broadcast-school professionalism."[3]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

Unhappy in Pittsburgh, Hamilton jumped at a chance to return to Chicago in 1980 to join the Cubs' broadcast team alongside Brickhouse, Lloyd and Boudreau. He was under the impression that he was heir-apparent to Brickhouse upon the latter's retirement; indeed, he later said that he had been "guaranteed in blood" that he would replace Brickhouse on Cubs television broadcasts in 1982.[3] Brickhouse himself called Hamilton "the voice of the Cubs for years to come" just before he retired in 1981. That plan changed when Harry Caray, discontented with new White Sox ownership, was brought in shortly after the Tribune Company bought the Cubs.

Hamilton and Caray never got along, in part because Hamilton blamed Caray for his replacement with Garagiola 27 years earlier in St. Louis.[3] Hamilton claims that during the 1984 season, their relationship got even chillier when Caray admitted to him that he'd in fact had an affair with the daughter-in-law of the longtime Cardinals owner Gussie Busch — which has long been rumored to be the reason for the his firing by the Cardinals in 1969.[3]

Hamilton also claimed that Caray said on the air that he had mailed alimony checks to all of his ex-wives.[3] However on the record, Caray always denied that there was ever an affair.

The Cubs dismissed Hamilton after the 1984 season. Hamilton has blamed Caray for the firing.[5] He told the writer Curt Smith that officials at WGN-TV spent an hour praising him, but they told him that they had to dismiss him because Caray didn't like him, and Caray was more important to the Cubs.[3]

Hamilton made comments critical of Caray that were published in a story after the latter's death in 1998, but Hamilton claimed in his book Making Airwaves: 60 Years at Milo's Microphone that his comments quoted in that story were actually part of a magazine article from 13 years earlier, and that he did not in fact make the comments after Caray's death. This story prompted an angry reaction from Caray's son, Skip Caray, who had succeeded Hamilton as a broadcaster for the Atlanta Braves. In 2006, Hamilton related his experiences with Caray in his autobiography. He devoted a chapter to Caray, whom he referred to as the Canary, calling him "a miserable human being."[6]

Houston Astros[edit]

After leaving Chicago, Hamilton joined up with the Houston Astros. This would be his longest and last tenure as announcer. He spent two years as the number-two announcer behind longtime Astros voice Gene Elston (another native Iowan). After Elston was criticized for his lackluster call of the 1986 NL West clinching no-hitter by Mike Scott, he was let go, and Hamilton became the Astros main announcer from 1987 through 2012. On July 29, 2005, Hamilton announced that starting with the 2006 season, he would no longer accompany the club on the road, announcing only home games.,[7][8] although he has traveled with the club when Busch Stadium, Nationals Park, Citi Field, and Marlins Park opened respectively.

Hamilton announced his plans to retire as an active broadcaster after the 2012 season, though intending to remain active with the Astros in a more limited way.

Other sports[edit]

In addition to his early work with the Iowa Hawkeyes and Tri-Cities Blackhawks, Hamilton has also, at various points in his career, called NBA basketball for the Chicago Zephyrs, Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets; college basketball for Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, and DePaul, as well as various Southwest Conference games for the Home Sports Entertainment channel in the '80s; and college football for Northwestern, Ohio State and Georgia Tech.

Commentating style[edit]

Hamilton's style could be described as enthusiastic but not "over the top."[citation needed] He told Smith that Elson encouraged him to save his voice for thrilling moments, such as Aaron's 715th home run.[3] Hamilton is also known for his catch phrase "Holy Toledo, what a play!"

Honors[edit]

Hamilton was the 1992 recipient of the Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award.[1] He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2000[9] and soon he will be inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

As of 2011, Hamilton has broadcast major league games in 59 different ballparks.[10]

On April 8, 2009, during the opening series against the Chicago Cubs, Houston Mayor Bill White dedicated Hamilton Street in downtown Houston to Milo Hamilton, changing the street's name to, Milo Hamilton Way in honor of the Hall of Fame Voice of the Astros.

Personal[edit]

His wife of nearly 53 years, Arlene, died at age 73 in February 2005. The couple had two children: Mark and Patricia. The Hamilton's daughter, Patricia Joy Hamilton Watson, a former Delta Air Lines flight attendant, died on July 10, 2006, in Atlanta, three weeks after suffering from a stroke.

On October 7, 2007, Hamilton suffered a heart attack while eating lunch with his son in Houston. He was taken to The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, where doctors discovered that one of his coronary arteries was 99 percent blocked. Hamilton underwent a successful angioplasty, and local media reported that he was resting comfortably.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1992 Ford C. Frick Award Winner Milo Hamilton". Baseball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  2. ^ Gary McKillips. "Milo Hamilton: To Cooperstown and Back". American Sportscasters Online. Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Smith, Curt (2005). Voices of Summer. New York City: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-1446-8. 
  4. ^ [1] Baseball's Best: Hank Aaron Hits 715
  5. ^ [2] American Sportscasters.com - Milo Hamilton
  6. ^ Mitchell, Fred (February 14, 2006). "Caray family fires back at Hamilton". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ Milo Hamilton at the National Radio Hall of Fame
  8. ^ [3] Astros broadcaster Hamilton is man for all seasons
  9. ^ "Sportscasters: Milo Hamilton". Radio Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  10. ^ "Milestone for Milo: Hamilton visits 59th stadium". MLB.com. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  11. ^ Astros announcer Hamilton recovering after heart attack

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