Monday marked the Houston Astros' Home Opener. Monday's event didn't start with the street festival or the first pitch, but with a quiet ceremony in the Minute Maid Park press box.
The Astros named the press box in honor of Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton. On hand for the event was Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan, Astros owner and chairman Jim Crane, general manager Jeff Luhnow, the current Astros broadcast teams, and Milo's son Mark Hamilton.
Hamilton spent 60 seasons broadcasting Major League Baseball. He joined the Astros in 1985, and retired following the 2012 season. Hamilton is second only to Vin Scully in broadcasting years (66). Hamilton received his field's highest honor in 1992, the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Hamilton's career highlights include calling Hank Aaron's 715th home run, 11 no-hitters, 1979 World Championship for the Pittsburgh PIrates, Nolan Ryan's 4,000 strikeout, Craig Biggio's 3,000 hit, Chris Burke's historic, 18th-inning walkoff home run in the 2015 National League Division Series and the Astros' lone trip to the World Series in 2005.