Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton, who had the memorable call on Hank Aaron’s 715th home run as a broadcaster for the Atlanta Braves, will retire as the radio voice of the Houston Astros after the 2012 season.
“It’s been a wonderful time and how great for me to finish up my broadcasting of games in Houston,” Hamilton said Wednesday.
This will be the 84-year-old Hamilton’s 28th year with the Astros and 59th year overall calling Major League Baseball games.
Hamilton’s time calling the majors is second all-time only to Vin Scully, who is entering his 64th season.
He was inducted into the broadcasters wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Radio Hall of Fame in 2000.
Hamilton made the call on Aaron’s 715th home run on April 8, 1974. He said that was the highlight of his career.
“The Aaron home run made it a great call because it barely made it,” Hamilton said. “It wasn’t like Mark McGwire’s going over the McDonald’s sign at Busch. I still enjoy it when I hear it.”
The Astros will honor him with “Milo Hamilton Day” on his 85th birthday Sept. 2.
PIRATES: Outfielder Garrett Jones has asked a three-person arbitration panel for a $2.5 million salary this year, and Pittsburgh argues he should be paid $2.25 million.
Arbitrators Margaret Brogan, Dan Brent and Matt Goldberg are expected to make a decision today.
TWINS: Second baseman Alexi Casilla greed on a one-year contract for $1,382,500 to avoid an arbitration hearing.
The Twins offered $1,065,000, and Casilla asked for $1,750,000.