December 2009

Have a question for Ed Wade? Tweet me. And, Happy Anniversary, Milo.

The second installment of Astroline will take place Wednesday night at 7 p.m. CT, and this time, we’re adding a twist.

Astroline officially jumps into the 21st Century with the addition of Tweeting. If you have a question for Wednesday’s guest, general manager Ed Wade, Tweet it to me and I will pass it along to Ed during the show. I will also Tweet Ed’s responses.

Not a Tweeter? It’s never too late, and the process is simple. Go to Twitter.com and take one minute to sign up for an account. Under “find people” you can locate any Twitter account you are looking for. It’s a great way to communicate with fellow Astros fans, and anyone following my Twitter account gets Astros breaking news minutes before it is made public.

Astroline takes place at Sherlock’s Baker Street Pub at 1952 West Gray in Houston and is open to the public. It will be carried on the club’s flagship station, KTRH 740 AM, and will also streamed live on astros.com.

Archived broadcasts from this year’s shows are also available at www.astros.com.

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Speaking of broadcasts, congratulations to Milo Hamilton, who celebrated the 65th anniversary of his debut as a radio announcer Thanksgiving week.

The milestone marker did not go unnoticed by Cubs broadcaster Pat Hughes, who highlights the best of Milo’s long career on a new CD available now. Hughes, who three years ago began producing, writing and narrating commemorative audio tributes to legendary voices of baseball broadcasting, has compiled a CD dedicated to Hamilton’s famous calls. At the top of the list, of course, is Milo’s call of Henry Aaron’s 715th home run, which serves as the foundation of the title of the CD: ‘A Call for the Ages.”

On his web site, baseballvoices.com, Hughes writes:

“Track 4 is all about that episode. Naturally, you will hear the call loud and clear, but you will also get to listen to Milo’s approach and assessment of Aaron’s historic homer.

“Milo’s entire career is covered, beginning with his first play-by-play in 1946 in the U.S. military, and leading all the way to his Hall of Fame acceptance speech in Cooperstown in 1992, and beyond.

“One of my favorite tracks is #11, where Milo Hamilton captures the 9th inning drama of a 1976 John Candelaria no-hitter. This is Milo at his best!

“In addition to Aaron and Candelaria, there are lots of other highlights you will enjoy on this CD – like Craig Biggio’s 3000th hit, Mike Scott’s 1986 no-hitter in Houston’s division-clinching win, and the Astros winning their 1st pennant in 2005, plus many more! Enjoy!”

Milo is one of eight broadcasters in Hughes’s CD collection. The others are Red Barber, Marty Brennaman, Jack Buck, Harry Caray, Harry Kalas, Dave Niehaus and Bob Uecker.

Milo will be autographing the new CD on Dec. 15 from 2-5 and on Dec. 16 from noon to 4 in The Shed (Astros Team Shop).

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