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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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Biggio, a cover model? And happy birthday, Milo.

 

Veteran Houston sportswriter Gene Duffey wrote a nice piece for Health and Fitness Sports Magazine that should pique the interest of Astros fans, as well as Houston sports fans in general. 

The magazine’s 24th anniversary issue features Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, former Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon, Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan and former Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon in a feature titled “Now…And Then.”

The article touches on Biggio’s post-playing career, which includes coaching the St. Thomas High School baseball team and catching up on things he missed during a 20-year career that ended with 3,060 hits, all with the Astros.

“Biggio, a Long Island, NY native, and wife, Patty, took their first summer vacation in 2008, visiting Italy and the Jersey Shore,'” Duffey writes.

‘Retired? I haven’t been there,’ he laughed. “It’s baseball seven days a week.'”

Bagwell talks about his active involvement in Houston charities, including his two years serving as the celebrity spokesperson for Prepared 4 Life’s Lemonade Day, a free community-wide event that offers young people the opportunity to savor the sweet taste of success that comes with owning and operating their own lemonade business.

Biggio appears on the cover of the issue, which is due to hit stands on Sept. 24.

“We were honored to have Craig appear on the cover of this special issue,” Editor-in-Chief Rod Evans said. “The profiles of Biggio and the other sports luminaries should be very enjoyable for any Houston sports fan. We always try to do something extraordinary for our anniversary issue, and I think we’ve hit a home run this year.”

Health and Fitness Sports Magazine is a free publication that can be found at fitness centers, spas, salons, supermarkets, hospitals, clinics and other facilities around Houston. Readers are also invited to view the publication online at Healthandfitnessmag.com. You’ll have to sign up in order to gain access to the article, but it takes only a few seconds (I signed up yesterday).

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It could be said that baseball is Milo Hamilton’s first love, but fine dining has to be a close second. During his multiple decades as a baseball broadcaster, Milo has compiled an extensive and impressive list of restaurants he likes to frequent on the road, as well as his favorite eateries right here in Houston.

One of his favorite in-town stops is Truluck’s on Westheimer, near the Galleria. On Thursday, he reserved the party room at the upscale restaurant and invited 21 friends from the Astros family to join him in celebrating his 82nd birthday.

Happy birthday, Milo!

Milo and his son, Mark.

Jamie Hildreth, Astros Sr. Vice President of Sponsorships, gives a birthday toast to the man of the hour.

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100,000 strong

As of the wee hours on Friday, the Astros Facebook page reached the 100,000 member mark. I’d like to send a quick thank you to all of the fans who have joined and an extra shout out to those who have kept the page lively by engaging in enlightened conversations regarding the 2009 Astros. I know this has been a difficult and frustrating season, but we really are interested in hearing any and all comments regarding the team, good and bad. On Facebook, everyone has a voice.

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The view from the press box at Wrigley Field, and other leftover odds and ends.

 

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If you took a survey of 100 Major League players and asked them to name their favorite road city, it’s highly likely no fewer than 95 would answer, “Chicago.”

The people. The restaurants. The nightlife. And the ballpark.

Yes, the ballpark. For the most part, ballplayers love Wrigley Field. They love the tradition, the heckling fans, the packed houses every night, the rickety old infrastructure and the elaborate singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” that has continued as a tradition since Harry Caray’s passing 11 years ago.

The clubhouse is cramped, the tunnels smell funny and the dugouts are tiny, but for some reason, none of that matters. Because it’s Chicago, it’s Wrigley Field, and it’s fun. And the showdowns between the Astros and Cubs over the years have been, for the most part, fantastic.

Above is a shot of my view of Wrigley Field from way up in the press box. Day games at Wrigley are preferred, but there’s nothing like the view on a clear, rain-free night.

Cleaning out the photo file…

It was Family Day at Minute Maid Park on Sunday, the one day players are invited to bring their kids on the field for a free-for-all run around the bases (and the outfield and the dugouts and the mound…must be a fun day for the grounds crew).

I’ve been to a dozen family days but for some reason this one seemed more well-attended than those in the past. Check out this photo…and that’s only part of the group.

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Darin Erstad and family…

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Sean Berry and family…

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On Saturday, I attended the annual Texas Italian American Sports Foundation Scholarship Awards luncheon, a yearly ritual that involves Astros players, great food and a terrific cause.

The event is held at Damian’s Cucina Italiana every year and provides scholarships for student-athletes headed for college in the fall.

Representing the Astros were Jeff Fulchino, Mike Hampton, Jose Cruz, Hunter Pence and emcee Milo Hamilton. And the bread pudding was to die for.

Milo, with a young fan…

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Pence, Fulchino.

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Jose Cruuuuuuuuuuuz

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Hampton.

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