View Full Version : Milo Hamilton recovering from heart attack

10-09-2007, 12:11 PM

Best wishes to Milo, whose sixty years as a major league broadcaster began with the St. Louis Browns and has included stints with the Sox, Cubs, Braves, and currently (at 80 years old) the Astros.

10-09-2007, 12:20 PM
He should have been the Cubs announcer but his old rival Harry Caray stole the job from him. He has seethed in Houston ever since.

Best known for......

"Now here is Henry Aaron. This crowd is up all around. The pitch to him, bounced it up there, ball one. Henry Aaron in the second inning walked and scored. He's sitting on seven-hundred and fourteen. Here's the pitch by Downing, swinging, there's a drive into left centerfield, that ball is gonna be, OUTA HERE, ITS GONE, ITS SEVEN-HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN! There's a new home run champion of all time and its Henry Aaron. The fireworks are going. Henry Aaron is coming around third, his teammates are at home plate. Listen to this crowd!" - Milo Hamilton

Lip Man 1
10-09-2007, 12:49 PM



10-09-2007, 04:43 PM
Milo's Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milo_Hamilton) entry contains this odd fact, in reference to him moving from the Sox to the Braves in 1966:

When the Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta for the 1966 season, Hamilton got the call to become the main play-by-play man for the Atlanta Braves (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta_Braves). Hamilton's voice was already well-known in Atlanta; WGST (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WGST) had carried White Sox games for most of the early 1960s.Can that be right? Did the Sox have some connection to Atlanta in the early sixties that would be strong enough for a local Atlanta radio station to broadcast Sox games?

Lip Man 1
10-09-2007, 06:16 PM

In the late 50's / early - mid 1960's the White Sox had one of the largest radio networks in baseball, ranked right up there with the Cardinals. The Sox had close to 90 stations or so...at some points even close to one hundred.

Sox games were carried in such distant places as Jackson, Mississippi, Sarasota, Florida (for obvious reasons), Atlanta, and a number of stations in Illinois, Indiana and Southern Wisconsin.

Winning (which the Sox did for 17 consecutive seasons) carries some advantages...plus they had nationally known stars in guys like Aparicio, Fox, Minoso, Pierce, Peters, Horlen and so forth.


10-09-2007, 06:54 PM
I have some Sox scorecards from the early 70's that list the Sarasota station among the radio affiliates. But by that time (the WTAQ/WEAW years), the whole Sox network was down to a dozen stations or so.

I had no idea that the Sox had 90-100 affiliates in the mid '60's. It certainly didn't take long for that to fall apart.

Viva Medias B's
10-09-2007, 07:13 PM
Currently, there are 24 affiliates (http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/schedule/radio_affiliates.jsp) of the Chicago White Sox Radio Network including flagship 50,000-watt blowtorch WSCR-AM (670). We have a presence in Champaign on WBCP-AM (1580) while the Cardinals are on the top station in the Champaign-Urbana market, WDWS-AM (1400) which also is the Illini Sports Network flagship. Interestingly enough, the Cubs do not have a presence in Champaign-Urbana. However, we do not have a presence in Peoria, Decatur, or Springfield. The Cardinals are in all three cities while the Cubs are also not in Decatur. I think we need to gain affiliates in Peoria and Springfield at least.

Lip Man 1
10-09-2007, 07:15 PM

A large part of that was caused by expansion in the South and Southwest.


Medford Bobby
10-12-2007, 07:13 PM
Were there some rumbles about the Sox moving to Atlanta if the Milwaukee Braves had not moved in 1966. Lip, what is the name of some Brave executive who is still with the club today, was also a Sox executive in the mid '60s and would have been part of a group to move the Sox?

10-12-2007, 11:50 PM
He should have been the Cubs announcer but his old rival Harry Caray stole the job from him. He has seethed in Houston ever since.

Before becoming a Sox fan in '81, I came home from school many afternoons to watch Jack Brickhouse and Milo Hamilton call Cubs games on Channel 9. In the days of Kingman, Murcer, Sutter, Buckner, Barry Foote, Rick Reuschel and Mike Vail....Milo and Jack were entertaining to listen to. Best wishes indeed.

Lip Man 1
10-13-2007, 11:39 AM

I think it was Bill Bartholomy.