Tom Hamilton (sportscaster)

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Tom Hamilton
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Hamilton in 2014
Born (1954-08-19) August 19, 1954 (age 69)
Sports commentary career
Team(s) Cleveland Indians/Guardians (1990–present)
Genre(s) Play-by-play
Sports Major League Baseball
College basketball

Tom Hamilton (born August 19, 1954 [1] ) is an American sportscaster, primarily known as the chief radio play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Guardians Major League Baseball team.


Hamilton joined the then- Indians Radio Network 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". After the Indians were renamed to the Guardians, he has also been referred to as the "voice of the Guardians".

Until recently, Hamilton called college basketball games in the offseason (usually Ohio State games) for ESPN Plus, and Big Ten Network.

Broadcasting associates with the Indians/Guardians

(*) - 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

(all pre-Indians/Guardians) [3]

Signature calls

Personal life

Hamilton resides in Avon Lake, Ohio, with his wife and four children. [3] One son (Nick) was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 35th round in the 2012 MLB Draft out of Kent State University. [9]

Another son - Brad - works as a reporter for Cleveland Fox affiliate WJW-TV 8. [10]


Awards and honors

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