Astros radio voice to address retirement report



HOUSTON (AP) — Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton, best known for his call of Henry Aaron’s 715th home run, is to appear at a Wednesday news conference.

The appearance comes in the wake of a Houston Chronicle report that 2012 will be his last season as the radio voice of the Houston Astros. The Chronicle reported the 84-year-old Hamilton told former Astros owner Drayton McLane of his intentions over the weekend.

Astros spokesman Steve Grande declined comment, and a telephone call to Hamilton from The Associated Press on Tuesday wasn’t returned.

Hamilton is entering his 28th season as the Astros’ lead radio voice and 59th season of his major league career. As voice of the Atlanta Braves in 1966-75, his radio call of Aaron’s 715th homer in 1974 became iconic.