Gene Elston, RIP

Gene Elston, Astros’ original voice, dies at 93

The Astros’ firing of Elston after the 1986 season was the moral equivalent of the Oilers’ firing of Bum Phillips six years earlier.

I lost all respect for the Astros organization after they dumped Elston, who was a true baseball announcer who made games on radio worth listening to, in favor of Milo Hamilton, a smarmy pitchman who always sounded like he was selling something, even when simply announcing balls and strikes.


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