Remembering Milo: Many share memories

Remembering Milo: Many share memories

Below is a collection of statements and quotes on Astros Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton, who passed away on Thursday morning.

"Barbara and I mourn the loss of Milo Hamilton, a genuine baseball icon, a Hall of Fame sportscaster -- and, happily for us, a good friend. In time, Milo was so endeared he became his own Houston institution, and the countless good causes he helped made him one of the brightest Points of Light we knew. It was hard for him, and indeed all Astros fans, when he stepped away from the booth in 2012 after his legendary career, but from this day forward we can take comfort that he will always have the best seat in the house. Holy Toledo, what a good man he was -- and we were fortunate to know him."
-- Former President George H. W. Bush

"This is a huge loss for the Astros and for the baseball world. Milo was one of the great ones. People don't realize how hard it is to call games on radio, but Milo made it look and sound easy. I had the great pleasure of having a Hall of Fame broadcaster call games for my entire career, and that's pretty special. He was a great friend."
-- Astros Hall of Famer Craig Biggio

"Milo had a classic radio voice. When he arrived in Houston, he raised the broadcast to another level. He loved the game and was very committed to the organization. Milo was also a friend that I enjoyed hunting with in the offseason. He touched a lot of people and will be missed."
-- Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan

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"Milo and I were friends for many years. I had great respect for him and his knowledge of baseball. For me, he was in the class with Vin Scully."
-- Hall of Famer Hank Aaron

"Milo Hamilton was an enthusiastic and highly-accurate broadcaster, who was also a dear friend of mine."
-- Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully

"This is a sad day for baseball and for Houston Astros fans. Milo was a longtime friend and one of the best ever. He left his mark on baseball with one of the greatest calls of all time -- Henry Aaron's big home run. To Milo's friend, family and to his many fans, I send my deepest condolences.
-- Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker

"We were extremely fortunate to have Milo as a part of our organization. An entire generation of Astros fans grew up listening to Milo. He truly is an icon and was synonymous with Astros baseball for many years. Milo was a great asset not only for the Astros, but also for the City of Houston as well."
-- Astros owner and chairman Jim Crane

"For me, Milo was part poet and part P.T. Barnum. He was a great ringmaster and he loved painting the prose of baseball. He had a special talent. I have wonderful memories of Milo off the field as well from our hunting trips. He was an absolute treasure."
-- Former Astros player and manager Phil Garner

"Houston and all of the baseball world lost a piece of history today. Anyone who knew Milo know how sweet and fun-loving of a man he was. He brought energy and a one-of-a-kind voice to every event and broadcast. You could tell how much he loved his work. The lunches and dinners at Trulucks will never be the same without Milo!"
-- Former Astros pitcher Roger Clemens

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"Milo brought passion and energy to the booth. He had the ability to create drama and to involve the fans like no other. He delivered so many great memories that Astros fans can relive over and over again. Milo was a tremendous broadcaster with as much passion for the game that anyone ever has had."
-- Longtime Astros TV broadcaster Bill Brown

"During his 60 years covering our game, Milo became one of the national pastime's most distinguished announcers, serving seven different Major League clubs. He chronicled some of our game's most historic moments during the era of Hank Aaron, Stan Musial and Ernie Banks. As 'The Voice of the Astros' since 1985, he ushered into the homes of fans Houston's first World Series appearance, the Hall of Fame careers of Nolan Ryan and Craig Biggio, and countless other memories. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Milo's family, friends, admirers throughout the game and to all Astros fans."
-- MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

"By the time Milo Hamilton was presented the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence in Cooperstown in 1992, he was already a titan among the sport's greatest voices, yet he was seemingly still in his early era for Astros fans, with many of his signature moments in Houston baseball yet to come. Visitors to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are graced by his calls over a half-century, from Hank Aaron's 715th home run to Mike Scott's no-hitter in 1986 to clinch the N.L. West. His is a voice that will remembered for generations and his legacy is one that will resonate with baseball's greatest moments -- in Houston and throughout the country."
-- National Baseball Hall of Fame

"Today, the entire Astros family and many throughout the baseball world are mourning the loss of our friend, Milo Hamilton. For decades, Milo had a special connection with the Houston community, bringing Astros baseball to the cars and homes of fans throughout the great state of Texas and beyond. During his legendary career, we enjoyed the privilege of Milo calling some of the greatest moments in Astros history. In addition to his great work in the booth, Milo was also an outstanding ambassador for Astros baseball, a mantle he carried with a great deal of pride. While we mourn his sad passing, we should also celebrate Milo's long, wonderful career. He was one of the all-time greats and a true icon whose contributions to the game and beyond will be remembered always."
-- Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan

"As a young broadcaster working in North Carolina back in the '60s, I had a chance to meet him when he was the voice of the Atlanta Braves. Milo couldn't have been more gracious and giving of his time to a young guy trying to make his way in the profession. When I got to the Reds in 1974, we talked about that meeting. He remembered it. He truly appreciated that it made such an impact on me. With his passing, that reduces the number of those guys that essentially paved the way for people like me."
-- Hall of Fame Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman

"I got to know him a little bit when he was in Houston. I grew up listening to him when he was with the White Sox and Cubs, I believe. He always had a good description of the play in front of him. Knowledgeable announcer."
-- Hall of Fame Royals broadcaster Denny Matthews