Milo Hamilton to leave Astros booth at end of 2012



HOUSTON (AP) — Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton, who had the memorable call on Henry Aaron’s 715th home run, will retire as the radio voice of the Houston Astros after the 2012 season.

This will be the 84-year-old Hamilton’s 28th year with the Astros and 59th year overall calling Major League Baseball games.

He will remain with the team after this season working mostly on special events, but will make sporadic appearances on radio broadcasts.

Hamilton made the call on Aaron’s 715th home run on April 8, 1974, as a broadcaster for the Atlanta Braves. He has also called 11 no-hitters, Nolan Ryan’s 4,000th strikeout in 1985 and Craig Biggio’s 3,000th hit in 2007.

The Astros will honor him with “Milo Hamilton Day” on his 85th birthday Sept. 2.