Speaker: Bill Brown, Houston Astros TV Broadcaster.
Topic: "The Value of Sports to Houston"
Bill Brown marks his 27th season as the Astros’ primary play-by-play voice on television in 2013. With over 30 years of broadcasting MLB games, Bill has received many honors and awards, including the 2012 Fred Hartman Award for Long and Meritorious Service, induction into the Houston Media Wall of Honor in September of 2011, the Texas Italian-American Sports Foundation’s award for “outstanding accomplishments as a television broadcaster for the Houston Astros and community service,” and representation of the Astros on the fan ballot for the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award. A finalist for the 2010 National Sportscaster and Sportswriters Association Texas Sportscaster of the Year Award, he was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004. Before joining the Astros, Bill worked as Senior Producer and anchor of the Financial News Network’s SCORE program, Sports Director of the Sports Time Cable Network, and was the television voice of the Cincinnati Reds. A member of the Advisory Board at Houston Sight Into Sound, he has been a volunteer reader for 22 years. He is the co-author of My Baseball Journey, A Sportscaster’s Story with Tim Gregg.
Houston Astros: Deep in the Heart (Bright Sky Press, September 2013) shares the stories of the plays and the players that have kept Houston returning to the diamond undefined from the sandlot days, through the birth of indoor baseball, to the state-of-the art experience at Minute Maid Park. By the time the Astros made it to the World Series, they had captured the heart of Houston
. This richly illustrated volume chronicles every aspect of the long road they took to face the White Sox in 2005 and provides insights on the legends undefined Bob Aspromonte, Jose Cruz, Larry Dierker, Nolan Ryan, Joe Niekro, the Killer Bees, and many more. Packed with pictures never released to the public, each chapter increases fans’ appreciation of this determined team. Memories and memorabilia from the team’s playoff appearances from 1997 to 2001, their close call in 2004, and their triumphant march from tombstones to champagne in 2005 bring back the heyday, reminding readers how important it is to never lose faith and keep your eye on the ball.