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12/11/09 6:56 PM EST

Hamilton named King of Baseball

Astros announcer to meet fans at team store Dec. 15-16

HOUSTON -- Astros Hall of Fame radio broadcaster Milo Hamilton was named the 2009 King of Baseball at the annual Winter Meetings banquet in Indianapolis on Thursday night.

Hamilton, who has called Astros games for 25 years, became the first announcer to win the award and joined a group of winners that includes former New York Yankees pitcher Lefty Gomez, who won the award in 1986, and former Phillies general manager Pat Gillick, who won it in 2008.

The King of Baseball is a tradition in which Minor League Baseball salutes a veteran from the professional baseball world for long-time dedication and service.

"To get this honor is something that I never dreamed of," Hamilton said. "I'm thrilled and excited, and for me, it's just unbelievable to be associated with the previous winners. It's the names on that list that floor you, and when I think about the people that have won this before me, this just means so much to me."

Hamilton has been announcing Astros games since 1985. He began broadcasting in the Major Leagues in 1953, and his 64 years of air time include stops with St. Louis, the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Houston.

He received the Ford C. Frick Award in 1992 from the Baseball Hall of Fame, an honor presented annually to a member of the broadcasting fraternity for major contributions to the game of baseball.

Hamilton has been behind the microphone for some of baseball's greatest moments, which are chronicled in his newly released CD "A Call For The Ages." Copies of the CD are available for purchase at the Astros Team Store located inside Minute Maid Park's Union Station.

Hamilton will be at the Team Store visiting with fans and signing autographs on Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 2-5 p.m. CT and on Wednesday, Dec. 16, from noon-4 p.m.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.