Elston named to Media Wall of Honor
Astros broadcaster will receive plaque before Sept. 24 game
HOUSTON -- Gene Elston, the voice of the Astros radio broadcasts from 1962-86, was elected as the 2008 inductee into the Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor, the committee announced Wednesday.
Elston is the second individual to be inducted into the Wall of Honor, joining media pioneer Anita Martini, who was the inaugural inductee in 2007.
Elston broadcast Major League Baseball games in Houston for 25 years, beginning with the Colt .45s' inaugural season in 1962. He was the first play-by-play broadcaster for the Houston franchise, and a generation of baseball fans received their introductions to both the Astros and Major League Baseball by his broadcasts.
Elston broadcast baseball for 47 years, beginning with Waterloo of the Triple I League in 1947. After nine seasons broadcasting Minor League Baseball, Elston made his Major League debut with the Chicago Cubs in 1954. He also called the Mutual Game of the Week from 1958-60 and the CBS Radio Game of the Week from 1987-97.
In 2006, Elston was honored with the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for his significant and lasting contributions to the game of baseball through his work in broadcasting.
Among the highlights of Elston's career with the Astros included calling eight of the team's no-hitters, two Astros National League West championships (1980, 1986), and Nolan Ryan breaking Walter Johnson's all-time strikeout record in 1983. He was inducted in the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993.
The Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor each season inducts a current or former Houston media member who has made significant and lasting contributions to the landscape of Houston baseball through their work in journalism or broadcasting. Each year, nominations are solicited from all media members who receive season credentials from the Astros. Those individuals were placed on the final ballot, which was sent to season-credentialed media in July. Elston received the most votes of the nominees on this year's ballot.
Elston will be honored in a pregame ceremony on Sept. 24 before the 7:05 p.m. CT Astros game against the Cincinnati Reds. An induction plaque will be presented to Elston, and another plaque will be installed at the Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor display on the broadcast level of the Minute Maid Park press box.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.