Milo Hamilton, the longtime and Hall of Fame radio voice of the Houston Astros, passed away Thursday, according to the son. He was 88 years old.
Hamilton “called games with enthusiasm and distinction as the voice of the Astros for a generation of baseball fans in Houston,” the Astros said on their website.
Hamilton did play-by-play for seven different Major League Baseball teams beginning in 1953. He joined the Astros in 1984 and spent 28 seasons with them.
Hamilton called more than 4,000 spring training, regular season and playoff games throughout his time in Major League Baseball.
He is second only to Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully for the longest broadcasting career in league history.
Hamilton retired from the Astros in 2012, but was still a regular at Minute Maid Park.
Hamilton was the 1992 recipient of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2000.
Hamilton developed an interested in broadcasting while serving in the Navy during World War II.