The end of an era in Houston

There are times in life when “all good things must come to an end”.  On Wednesday night in Houston, Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton called the final game of his career.  The Astros were taking on the St. Louis Cardinals at Minute Maid Park.  During the 7th-inning stretch he gave a farewell speech to the crowd to a standing ovation.

Having celebrated his 85th birthday just a few short weeks ago, Hamilton just completed his 59th year behind the microphone.  Oddly enough, earlier this season he broadcasted  a game at the Miami Marlins new ballpark, it was the 59th Major League ballpark he had broadcast from.  While he is known for his famous phrase “Holy Toledo”, he might be best known as the guy who called Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run for the Braves in 1974…

“Henry Aaron, in the second inning walked and scored… He’s sittin’ on 714… Here’s the pitch by Downing… swinging… there’s a drive into left-center field… that ball is gonna beeee… OUTTA HERE! IT’S GONE! IT’S 715! There’s a new home run champion of all time… and it’s HENRY AARON!”

Hamilton is well-respected in the circles of Major League Baseball.  MLB Commissioner, Bud Selig, knows how good he has been for the game.  “On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am honored to congratulate you on your outstanding career. You are among the finest broadcasters our game has ever known. For generations, there has been a special bond between baseball fans and their announcers. I have the utmost appreciation for all that you have done to bring our fans closer to the game and to impart your reverence for the sport on to your listeners. Please accept my best wishes. I look forward to our paths crossing in the near future so that I may congratulate you in person.”

Milo Hamilton bids farewell to the crowd at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday night.

Former Astro great, Craig Biggio, will never forget what Hamilton did for the organization.  “There’s always a part of you that never wants to see it ever end. Obviously, things can’t last forever, and I think Milo’s legacy and the things he’s been able to do on the air have touched a lot of people and a lot of homes. Milo has been great for the Houston Astros and I was fortunate to have him calling our games during my entire career.”

Hamilton will honored with “A Blue Star Gala” at Minute Maid park on Tuesday, October 16.  Former Astros players will be in attendance as will Hank Aaron.  Proceeds from the night will benefit the “Astros In Action Foundation”.  Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 713-259-8975.

The Good in Sports congratulates Milo Hamilton on his legendary career and wishes him the best of luck.

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