The tough news continues to roll in for Astros fans. Houston area radio personality Barry Warner tweeted that Astros long-time radio broadcaster Leland Milo Hamilton has passed away at 88.
heart is HEAVY. Milo Hamilton just passed away. Astros have announcement on funeral arrangements later. Man left his impact on our city— barry warner (@bearwarner) September 17, 2015
Hamilton was voice of Astros baseball for the current generations of fans. The University of Iowa grad broadcast in the major leagues for 59 years, spending time with St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and the Astros.
He received the highest honor in baseball broadcasting in 1992, receiving the Ford Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Hamilton made arguably the greatest call in baseball history, as part of the Braves broadcast team -- he called Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th career home run.
Hamilton joined the Astros in 1985, and became a fixture in Astros broadcast for 27 years. His iconic "Holy Toledo!" and blue stars for defensive plays were mainstays.
Hamilton is survived by his son, Mark. His wife of more than 50 years, Arlene, died in 2005, and their daughter, Patricia, died in 2006.