TORONTO -- Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton called a game from his 59th Major League ballpark on Friday thanks to the club's first visit to Toronto and Rogers Centre. Hamilton is in his 66th season on the air and 27th as the radio voice of the Astros.
"Who would have thunk it?" Hamilton said. "You have to remember, I was around with Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds and old Connie Mack Stadium. I'm really happy about all the new parks, not just about Minute Maid Park. It all started with Baltimore in Camden Yards to get us away from the cookie-cutter stadiums."
This is Hamilton's first trip to Toronto since 1954, when he was calling Minor League games. Rogers Centre, which originally was called SkyDome, has been open since 1989.
"It looks nice for as old as it is, and I think they've kept it well," he said. "The clubhouse looked nice and everything, and it looks like there's not a bad seat in here as I look around. There are no poles to sit behind or anything. It has a nice, big scoreboard, and the hotel is out there, so hopefully the blinds will be drawn."
Hamilton will have a chance to visit his 60th stadium next year, when the Astros play at the ballpark being built in Miami for the Florida Marlins.