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Texas A&M University
Hamilton, Smith to Speak at Bush Foundation Program
News Release
Friday, April 08, 2011

COLLEGE STATION —Leland “Milo” Hamilton and Curt Smith, two men who have been associated with Major League Baseball for decades, will be featured speakers at a George Bush Presidential Library Foundation program April 18 at Texas A&M University. The 5:30 p.m. presentation will be held in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.

Hamilton is a sportscaster best known for calling play-by-play for seven different Major League Baseball teams since 1953. He got his start with the St. Louis Browns (now the Baltimore Orioles), and has since called games for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and, currently, the Houston Astros, where he has been the main radio announcer since 1987.

Hamilton has received numerous awards for his work in broadcasting. In 1992, he received the Ford Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame and in 2000 he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

Smith is a sports author, columnist for Major League Baseball, radio talk host, and senior lecturer in English at the University of Rochester. He has hosted the Midday Milwaukee talk show on radio station WISN, WROC-TV's Perfectly Clear program and has made frequent appearances on Fox Empire Sports Network.  Currently, Smith hosts the weekly Perspectives series with New York's NPR affiliate WXXI and the twice-weekly Talking Point on Rochester's CBS affiliate WROC, both of which discuss politics, pop culture, and sports.  

Smith is the author of 11 books, including Voices of Summer, What Baseball Means to Me, Voices of The Game, and Storied Stadiums.  His best known book, Voices of The Game, portrays the rise of baseball broadcasting from KDKA's first Pittsburgh Pirates broadcast in the 1920s to today's capacious media coverage of baseball games. 

The April 18 program is a ticketed event. Free tickets will be available beginning February 25th at the Texas A&M University MSC Box Office, The Bryan/College Station Eagle at 1729 Briarcrest Drive, WTAW at 2700 Rudder Freeway South, KBTX – 4141 East 29th Street, the Bryan/College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau at 715 University Drive East, and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. For more information, please call 979-862-2251 or visit

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