Longtime Guardians Announcer to Be Inducted Into Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame
By Larry Rupp
Cleveland Guardians fans have become accustomed to hearing Tom Hamilton's voice on the radio for over 30 years now. The longtime chief play-by-play announcer has been a part of all of the ups and downs the team has experienced and will now be inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.
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Hamilton joins a class of inductees that also includes Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, Olympic gold medalist Katie Nageotte and volleyball coach Carol Russo. For a man that is nicknamed the "voice of the Tribe/Guardians" and revered for his popularity, this honor is long overdue.
After spending three years in the booth for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, Hamilton was hired to work alongside Herb Score in 1990. When Score retired in 1997, Hamilton took on the leading role and has never looked back. That kind of longevity is not seen every often in the sport of baseball.
A few legendary calls come to mind for Guardians fans whenever Hamilton's name is brought up. He'll always start home games out by saying "And we're underway at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario!" and he'll also end every game by saying "So long, everybody." Cleveland fans have come to love both.
Hamilton is a six-time recipient of the Ohio Sportscaster of the Year Award and a recent Press Club of Cleveland Hall of Fame inductee. He signed a well-deserved contract extension in 2016 and said landing this job back in the 1990's "was like winning the lottery." Those winnings keep getting better.
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