“The Legend of Hammy”

Updated: September 22, 2017

On August 19, 1954, God created Tom Hamilton or known throughout “The Land” as “Hammy.” Tom Hamilton has spent over the past two decades as the radio announcer for our beloved Cleveland Indians. Tom has become one of the most entertaining radio broadcasters in all of sports. With his famous calls such as, “We’re underway at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario!” To “Ballgame!” His legend in Cleveland only grows.

In this day ‘n’ age of social media, fans have taken “Hammy’s” voice to the next level. Most notably the social media site Twitter. Many fans or users have gone to the extent of showing video highlights with the mix of Hamilton’s play calling along with Celine Dion’s “my heart will go on” making for one beautiful combination. I attended Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox. When Tom Hamilton was announced before announcing the playoff roster, he drew the biggest ovation, even more so than the players.


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I recently took to Twitter to get Indians fans thoughts on what Tom Hamilton means to Indians baseball:

“He’s the literal voice of the fans. His emotion matches exactly what we’re feeling in the moment of a play or a win. Yet he’s also the voice of the Indians and gives us the insight we need every season so perfectly. Cleveland wouldn’t be Cleveland without him.” – Caitlin

“I can’t imagine watching Indians baseball without listening to Tom Hamilton. That only makes sense to those who know what I’m talking about.” – Mike

” One of my best friends and I became friends at summer camp by reciting Tom Hamilton quotes from his best calls from that season. Will never forget that!” – Zach

But the one call that Tom has yet to make is a World Series winning-call. Matter of fact Tom has been on the other side of those calls three times. Leaving fans to ponder the question, “What will Tom Hamilton say when the Indians win it all? The Indians have been on the warpath as of late going on a historic 22 game-winning streak that came to end this past Friday. This Indians team seems to have the look of a championship team.

I once told somebody if they’re two people who are to touch the World Series Trophy before the owner and the players it would be John Adams the famous drummer and Tom Hamilton.

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