Tom Hamilton (broadcaster)

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Tom Hamilton (broadcaster)
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Born Tom Hamilton
1956
Waterloo, Wisconsin
Occupation MLB play-by-play announcer
College basketball announcer

Tom Hamilton (born 1956 in Waterloo, Wisconsin), is the chief radio announcer for the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball team, and during the off season, serves as a college basketball commentator for The Big Ten Network.

Tom joined the Indians broadcast team for the 1990 season, after spending three years in the booth for the then AAA affiliate of the New York Yankees, the Columbus Clippers.

He was paired with Indians legend Herb Score until 1997, when Score retired after 30 seasons. Hamilton became chief play by play announcer in the 1998 season, a position he still holds today. Because of his longevity and popularity, he is now considered to be the "voice of the Tribe."

In the offseason, Hamilton calls college basketball games (usually Ohio State games) for the Big Ten Network. Prior to the founding of the Big Ten Network, he served in the same capacity for ESPN Plus.

The Indians honored "Hammy" with a talking Tom Hamilton bobblehead night in 2008.

Also, on July 31, 2009, the Indians celebrated his 20th season with the Tribe with a post-game fireworks show featuring his best calls played in the background.[1]

On August 1, 2014 prior to their game against the Texas Rangers, the Indians honored Hamilton in a pregame ceremony, commemorating his 25th season of calling Indians baseball on the radio.[2]

Broadcasting associates with the Indians[edit]

(*) - Nelson, and later Underwood joined Hamilton and Hegan in a three-man booth from 1998 to 2007, when the Indians then went to a two man booth. Rosenhaus, Hamilton and Hegan formed a three-man team for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Broadcasting credits[edit]

(all pre-Indians)[1]

Signature calls[edit]

  • And we're underway at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario! - after the first pitch of an Indians home game (during away games, Hamilton will usually say And we're under way at [opposing team's ballpark] or in [opposing team's city or a nickname for said city, such as Beantown]).
  • Swing and a drive, waaaay back & gone!! or Swung on and belted! To deep ____(left/center/right), awaaaay back! waaaay outta here!! - for an Indians home run
  • And a mobbing at home plate! or He's about to get mobbed! - after an Indians walkoff home run.
  • How about that! - after something unusual or exciting happens.
  • SWUNG ON AND MISSED! - for a swinging strikeout by an Indians pitcher.
  • Oh, what a job by ___ (name of Indians pitcher) - when an Indians pitcher dominates the opposing lineup or gets out of a jam.
  • Juuust a bit (outside/inside) - when a close pitch by a pitcher is called for a ball.
  • Ballgame! - after the final out of an Indians win.
  • Mm mm mm - after an Indians screw-up.
  • STRIKE THREE CALLED! - after an Indians pitcher strikes out a batter
  • So long, everybody - his sign-off

Personal life[edit]

He resides in Avon Lake, Ohio, with his wife and four children. One son (Nick) was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 35th round in the 2012 MLB Draft out of Kent State University.[3]

Awards[edit]

  • Six-time NSSA Ohio Sportscaster of the Year (1997, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2013) [1][4][5]
  • 2009 inductee - Cleveland Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame[6]

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