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Milo Hamilton
Milo Hamilton's most memorable calls
Published: 2015/09/18
Channel: Aliaksandr A
STL@CHC: Cubs
STL@CHC: Cubs' booth remembers Milo Hamilton
Published: 2015/09/18
Channel: MLB
OAK@HOU: Astros remember Milo Hamilton
OAK@HOU: Astros remember Milo Hamilton's life, career
Published: 2015/09/19
Channel: MLB
Milo Hamilton calls Aaron
Milo Hamilton calls Aaron's 715th homer
Published: 2014/11/13
Channel: MLB
WGN Channel 9 - Lead-Off Man - "Milo Hamilton" (Excerpts, 1979)
WGN Channel 9 - Lead-Off Man - "Milo Hamilton" (Excerpts, 1979)
Published: 2016/11/06
Channel: The Museum of Classic Chicago Television (www.FuzzyMemories.TV)
Milo Hamilton Says Holy Toledo One Last Time
Milo Hamilton Says Holy Toledo One Last Time
Published: 2012/09/27
Channel: Paul Klinger
MILO: Margaret Hamilton Was Part Of The Patriarchy
MILO: Margaret Hamilton Was Part Of The Patriarchy
Published: 2016/12/03
Channel: MILO
Milo Hamilton 1992 Ford C Frick Award Speech
Milo Hamilton 1992 Ford C Frick Award Speech
Published: 2015/01/06
Channel: National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
HOU@TEX: Astros honor legendary broadcaster Hamilton
HOU@TEX: Astros honor legendary broadcaster Hamilton
Published: 2015/09/18
Channel: MLB
CUBS 1984  : RADIO CALLS (RARE)   HARRY CARAY, LOUBOUDREAU & MILO HAMILTON
CUBS 1984 : RADIO CALLS (RARE) HARRY CARAY, LOUBOUDREAU & MILO HAMILTON
Published: 2013/04/19
Channel: mysoundrights
Milo has the call for Biggio
Milo has the call for Biggio's 3,000th hit
Published: 2014/02/27
Channel: MLB
STL@MIL: Brewers TV pays tribute to Milo Hamilton
STL@MIL: Brewers TV pays tribute to Milo Hamilton
Published: 2015/09/18
Channel: MLB
Milo Hamilton, a Hall of Fame broadcaster Dies at 88
Milo Hamilton, a Hall of Fame broadcaster Dies at 88
Published: 2015/09/18
Channel: Live News & Updates
2012/08/30 Milo Hamilton gets pranked
2012/08/30 Milo Hamilton gets pranked
Published: 2012/08/31
Channel: MLBGlobal12
1965 07 25 Tigers vs Chicago White Sox Milo Hamilton Radio Broadcast
1965 07 25 Tigers vs Chicago White Sox Milo Hamilton Radio Broadcast
Published: 2017/04/29
Channel: Classic Baseball on the Radio
Hamilton is awarded the Ford Frick Award
Hamilton is awarded the Ford Frick Award
Published: 2015/11/09
Channel: MLB
2012/09/26 Hamilton addresses crowd
2012/09/26 Hamilton addresses crowd
Published: 2012/09/27
Channel: MLBGlobal12
Milo Hamilton
Milo Hamilton
Published: 2015/06/05
Channel: David Spada
Chicago Cubs - "Milo Hamilton" (Promo, 1980)
Chicago Cubs - "Milo Hamilton" (Promo, 1980)
Published: 2012/02/25
Channel: The Museum of Classic Chicago Television (www.FuzzyMemories.TV)
CHC@PIT: Pirates
CHC@PIT: Pirates' TV booth reflects on Milo's passing
Published: 2015/09/17
Channel: MLB
Milo Hamilton - 5/20/79 - Interviewed by Bob Elson
Milo Hamilton - 5/20/79 - Interviewed by Bob Elson
Published: 2015/09/17
Channel: SOR Admin
Hall of Fame announcer, Milo Hamilton
Hall of Fame announcer, Milo Hamilton's his final post-game broadcast from Gallery Furniture.
Published: 2012/10/04
Channel: Gallery Furniture
BAL@TB: O
BAL@TB: O's booth remembers Milo Hamilton
Published: 2015/09/18
Channel: MLB
Det-CWS 7-25-65 Gm 1 (Elson-Hamilton)
Det-CWS 7-25-65 Gm 1 (Elson-Hamilton)
Published: 2017/02/06
Channel: Don Zminda
Milo Hamilton
Milo Hamilton's NRHOF Induction Speech - 2000
Published: 2015/09/17
Channel: SOR Admin
milo hamilton sotn track1
milo hamilton sotn track1
Published: 2015/09/18
Channel: Kevin Connors
Milo Hamilton Final Broadcast
Milo Hamilton Final Broadcast
Published: 2014/05/14
Channel: steve countrysteve
Astros look back on the great career of Milo Hamilton
Astros look back on the great career of Milo Hamilton
Published: 2015/09/18
Channel: Aliaksandr A
Milo Hamilton Dead! "Hall of Fame Broadcaster
Milo Hamilton Dead! "Hall of Fame Broadcaster' Dies at 88! FULL DETAILS! - Tribute Video
Published: 2015/09/17
Channel: xLannyP
Houston Astros Season Opener 2013 Milo Hamilton Motivational Speach
Houston Astros Season Opener 2013 Milo Hamilton Motivational Speach
Published: 2013/04/03
Channel: Micah Rosenblatt
Tru Link Fence commercial with Milo Hamilton
Tru Link Fence commercial with Milo Hamilton
Published: 2013/02/10
Channel: kaseyi
Milo Hamilton NRHOF 2000 Induction Ceremony
Milo Hamilton NRHOF 2000 Induction Ceremony
Published: 2015/09/17
Channel: SOR Admin
Milo Hamilton Way Unveiled April 8th, 2009
Milo Hamilton Way Unveiled April 8th, 2009
Published: 2009/04/09
Channel: Kevin H
KTRH -- Astros Milo Hamilton Final Season.wmv
KTRH -- Astros Milo Hamilton Final Season.wmv
Published: 2012/02/16
Channel: Nik Rajkovic
Milo Hamilton a John Eagle Tribute
Milo Hamilton a John Eagle Tribute
Published: 2015/09/25
Channel: JCV Advertising
C&D Milo Hamilton Campaign 2014 18 Spots
C&D Milo Hamilton Campaign 2014 18 Spots
Published: 2015/01/29
Channel: DHP Creative Agency
Rotary Night at Astros Promo w Milo Hamilton
Rotary Night at Astros Promo w Milo Hamilton
Published: 2010/08/20
Channel: bigmac825
Jarred Cosart sends condolences to Milo Hamilton
Jarred Cosart sends condolences to Milo Hamilton's family
Published: 2015/09/18
Channel: FOXSportsFlorida FOXSportsSun
THREE HOME RUN CALLS OF HANK AARON
THREE HOME RUN CALLS OF HANK AARON'S 715 SHOT
Published: 2009/07/31
Channel: JIM GONSALVES
Milo Hamilton Kicks Off The "Bring The Shuttle Home" Rally
Milo Hamilton Kicks Off The "Bring The Shuttle Home" Rally
Published: 2011/04/07
Channel: KTRHnews
Tempur-pedic - Milo Hamilton
Tempur-pedic - Milo Hamilton
Published: 2010/12/29
Channel: Gallery Furniture
Tribute to a Great Iowan & Hawkeye: Milo Hamilton
Tribute to a Great Iowan & Hawkeye: Milo Hamilton
Published: 2015/09/30
Channel: Iowa Hawkeyes
"The Proposal" with Jack Brickhouse and Milo Hamilton
"The Proposal" with Jack Brickhouse and Milo Hamilton
Published: 2014/08/01
Channel: a.k.a Don Graf
Champion Energy Testimonial - Milo Hamilton
Champion Energy Testimonial - Milo Hamilton
Published: 2012/06/26
Channel: ChampionEnergy
Milo Hamilton Private signing for CLUTCH CITY PRODUCTIONS
Milo Hamilton Private signing for CLUTCH CITY PRODUCTIONS
Published: 2015/03/05
Channel: clutchcityproduction
Moses Theme Milo Hamilton Rigged Broncos Chiefs Game
Moses Theme Milo Hamilton Rigged Broncos Chiefs Game
Published: 2015/09/18
Channel: Dan Behrendt
Listen to When Rice Shakes the World Audiobook by Milo Hamilton, narrated by Milo Hamilton
Listen to When Rice Shakes the World Audiobook by Milo Hamilton, narrated by Milo Hamilton
Published: 2017/01/25
Channel: Gregorio Payton
Astros vs Pirates 9/4/87
Astros vs Pirates 9/4/87
Published: 2016/02/16
Channel: wildbill9919
Peak Rice and 2016 Rice Market Considerations, 11.12.15 Milo Hamilton - President, Firstgrain
Peak Rice and 2016 Rice Market Considerations, 11.12.15 Milo Hamilton - President, Firstgrain
Published: 2015/11/17
Channel: UAEX Internal
KTRH talks to Astros Ambassador Milo Hamilton
KTRH talks to Astros Ambassador Milo Hamilton
Published: 2012/02/16
Channel: KTRHnews
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Milo Hamilton
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Milo Hamilton in 1981
Born Leland Milo Hamilton
(1927-09-02)September 2, 1927
Fairfield, Iowa, U.S.
Died September 17, 2015(2015-09-17) (aged 88)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Sportscaster
Years active 1953–2015
Spouse(s) Arlene Weiskopf (m. 1952; w. 2005)
Children Two

Leland Milo Hamilton (September 2, 1927 – September 17, 2015) was an American sportscaster, best known for calling play-by-play for seven different Major League Baseball teams since 1953.[1] He received the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.[2][3][4]

He was 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.[3] 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.[5]

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.[5] 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.[5]

After four years away from baseball, Hamilton moved to the Chicago White Sox in 1961,[5] 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.[5]

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.[5] 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, and 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 pulled out of talks after learning that 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."[5]

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.[5] 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.[5] 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.[5]

Hamilton also claimed that Caray said on the air that he had mailed alimony checks to all of his ex-wives.[5] However, on the record, Caray always denied that there was ever an affair.

The Cubs dismissed Hamilton after the 1984 season. Hamilton blamed Caray for the firing.[7] 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.[5]

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."[8]

Houston Astros[edit]

After leaving Chicago, Hamilton joined up with the Houston Astros. This would be his longest and last tenure as announcer.[3] 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.,[9][10] 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."[5] He told Smith that Elson encouraged him to save his voice for thrilling moments, such as Aaron's 715th home run.[5] Hamilton was also known for his catch phrase "Holy Toledo, what a play!"

Honors[edit]

Milo Hamilton Way in Houston

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[11] and soon he would be inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

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.

Through his retirement in 2012, Hamilton had broadcast major league games in 59 different ballparks.[12]

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 a stroke.[4]

On October 7, 2007, Hamilton suffered a heart attack while eating lunch with his son in Houston. He was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, where doctors discovered that one of his coronary arteries was 99 percent blocked. Hamilton underwent a successful angioplasty and recovered to return to his sportscasting career.[13]

Hamilton died on September 17, 2015, at the age of 88 after having chronic lymphocytic leukemia since 1974.[14] The Astros announced plans to honor Hamilton by adding a patch bearing his initials to their uniforms.[15]

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 Sandomir, Richard (September 18, 2015) "Milo Hamilton, 88; Brought Life to Baseball" The New York Times, page B15 [1]
  4. ^ a b Rieken, Kristie (September 20, 2015) "Radio voice of 7 baseball teams" The Washington Post, page C7 [2]
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Smith, Curt (2005). Voices of Summer. New York City: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-1446-8. 
  6. ^ [3] Baseball's Best: Hank Aaron Hits 715
  7. ^ [4] American Sportscasters.com – Milo Hamilton
  8. ^ Mitchell, Fred (February 14, 2006). "Caray family fires back at Hamilton". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ Milo Hamilton at the National Radio Hall of Fame
  10. ^ [5] Astros broadcaster Hamilton is man for all seasons
  11. ^ "Sportscasters: Milo Hamilton". Radio Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  12. ^ "Milestone for Milo: Hamilton visits 59th stadium". MLB.com. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  13. ^ Barron, David (October 10, 2007). "Astros announcer Hamilton recovering after heart attack". Houston Chronicle. 
  14. ^ Snyder, Matt (September 17, 2015). "Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton dies at age 88". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  15. ^ McTaggart, Brian (September 17, 2015). "Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton dies". MLB.com. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 

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