SABR member Bill Brown honored for 30 years as Astros broadcaster

From Ben DuBose at on June 19, 2016, on SABR member Bill Brown:

The Astros held a special ceremony at Minute Maid Park before Sunday’s series finale with the Cincinnati Reds to recognize veteran broadcaster Bill Brown’s 30th season as the club’s primary play-by-play television announcer.

Brown was recognized on the field during a ceremony that featured a video tribute with several of Brown’s most memorable calls, including Craig Biggio’s historic 3,000th hit in 2008 and Mike Fiers’ no-hitter last season vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. Brown, now 68 years old, was presented with an authentic Astros jersey as a gift, signed by all current Houston players.

Brown was officially hired by the Astros on February 6, 1987, and the first regular-season game he called in his Astros career came on April 6, 1987 — a 4-3 win over the Dodgers on Opening Day at the Astrodome.

“This has been the biggest joy to me and my family to have this opportunity,” Brown said of his 30 seasons with the Astros. “Houston has been great to us. We never could have dreamed when I took this job that we’d be here this long. The fans in Houston have been tremendous and the players have been great.”

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Originally published: June 21, 2016. Last Updated: June 21, 2016.