Longtime Astros broadcaster Bill Brown announces retirement

Longtime Houston Astros television broadcaster Bill Brown is retiring, he announced Thursday.

His final scheduled broadcast will be the Astros’ final regular season home game on Sept. 28 against the Seattle Mariners.

Brown, who joined the Astros in 1987, called several of the most notable moments in Astros history, including Houston’s seven postseason appearances and the National League Pennant-winning season in 2005. He called Craig Biggio’s historic 3,000th hit in 2007, Jeff Bagwell’s 400th career home run in 2003 and the 2,000th career hit for Bagwell.

At Yankee Stadium, on June 11, 2003, he called the Astros’ improbable no-hitter in which an MLB record six different pitchers were used. He also called the Astros’ final regular season game in the Astrodome in 1999, the first game played at Minute Maid Park in 2000 and Biggio’s final game in 2007.

Among his accolades, Brown was named the 2013 National Sportscasters/Sportswriters Association Sportscaster of the Year. He has also been a finalist multiple times for the ballot of the Ford C. Frick Award given annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

(© 2016 KHOU)


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