Long-time Astros broadcaster Hamilton to retire after 2012

Milo Hamilton, who has been the voice of the Houston Astros since 1985, announced on Wednesday that he intends to retire following the upcoming season.

Hamilton will close the books on a career which spanned more than 60 years, dating back to his start in Davenport, Iowa in 1950. Prior to arriving in Houston, he presided over broadcasts for the Cardinals, Cubs, White Sox and Pirates.

Among his accomplishments in the booth are calling 11 no-hitters, Hank Aaron's record-setting 715th home run in 1974, the Pirates' 1979 World Series title, Nolan Ryan's 4000th strikeout, Barry Bonds' 71st home run in 2001 and the Astros' lone Fall Classic berth in 2005.

The 84-year-old, who was named the Ford C. Frick Award winner in 1992, holds the distinction of being elected to four separate Halls of Fame: Texas Baseball (1994), Radio (2000), Texas Radio (2002) and Iowa Baseball Coaches (2011).

Hamilton, who has mostly called home games since 2006, will continue his involvement with the Astros after their move to the American League in 2013.