RIP Milo Hamilton. Brian McTaggert of MLB.com with video highlights of his vast career:
Hamilton was in the booth for some of baseball’s most memorable moments, including Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run in 1974 and serving as the play-by-play announcer for the 1979 World Series champion Pirates. He also called Roger Maris’ 61st homer (recreated on Western Union ticker), 11 no-hitters, Ryan’s 4,000th strikeout in 1985 and Barry Bonds’ 70th home run in 2001.
“Milo and I were friends for many years,” Aaron said. “I had great respect for him and his knowledge of baseball. For me, he was in the class with Vin Scully.”
Scully also shared his condolences.
“Milo Hamilton was an enthusiastic and highly accurate broadcaster who was also a dear friend of mine,” Scully said.
An entertaining chat between Al Michaels and Verne Lundquist via Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News.
What remains the most unconventional event you ever worked on national television?
Michaels: Motorcycles on Ice. Intel, West Germany in 1977
Lundquist: World Horse Jumping Championship in Aachen, West Germany in 1986.
What is the one piece of your broadcast history that you will never escape?
Michaels: I’m always asked, “What did you ever do with the Aloha shirts that you used to wear on the air in Hawaii at the start of your career?”
Lundquist: If the statement is made, “I grew up watching you on Dallas television when I was a kid,” inevitably it is followed by “I used to watch you on Bowling For Dollars.” It’s been 40 years, for heaven’s sake. At what point does the statute of limitations kick in?
How critical can the NFL’s TV partners be of Roger Goodell? Richard Deitsch at SI.com.
Legendary sports photographer Neil Leifer is the subject of the latest edition of “Still No Cheering in the Press Box” by the Povich Center for Sports Journalism.
“The defeat of Jason Whitlock” is the headline for Winston Ross’ story for Newsweek.
ESPN president John Skipper reportedly receives a contract extension through 2018. Ian Casselberry of Awful Announcing.
Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim does his tribute to Bud Collins.
ESPN’s Antonietta [Toni Collins] does a podcast with Richard Deitsch at SI.com. She discusses being a Hispanic reporter; the benefits and challenges of being a bilingual reporter.