Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton, who is best known nationally for calling Hank Aaron’s 715th career home run, died Thursday at the age of 88, according to the Houston Astros (h/t Matt Snyder of CBS Sports).
Hamilton was a major league broadcaster for 60 years and worked for the St. Louis Browns (now the Baltimore Orioles), St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves and, most recently, the Astros through the 2012 season. Houston announced it will honor Hamilton in the future and commented on his death:
Houston president Reid Ryan also shared a statement, per Snyder:
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.
Former President George H.W. Bush issued comments mourning Hamilton as well, per Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle:
It was clear Hamilton had a profound impact on the players and fellow broadcasters he interacted with on a regular basis, given Astros catcher Jason Castro’s sentiment and ESPN's Hannah Storm's thoughts following the news:
Hamilton will forever be a part of baseball lore because of the famous moments he was a part of in the booth. In addition to Aaron’s home run, Hamilton called 11 no-hitters, Nolan Ryan’s 4,000th strikeout and Craig Biggio’s 3,000th hit. Major League Baseball passed along a look at the Aaron call:
Hamilton’s legacy will live on through some of the most memorable plays in baseball history.