HOUSTON -

Milo Hamilton and Hank Aaron will be linked forever thanks to the Hall of Fame announcer's call on the slugger's record-breaking 715th home run.

   Hammerin' Hank joined Hamilton on Tuesday to celebrate his retirement after 59 major league seasons.

   Aaron told Hamilton: "Your voice goes with me all over the world. Everywhere I go when people start talking about that home run, your voice comes back, and I want to say how much I appreciate that."

   Hamilton called Aaron's 715th home run on April 8, 1974, as a broadcaster for the Atlanta Braves. He says that was the highlight of his career.

   The 85-year-old Hamilton is retiring after 28 years with the Houston Astros. Aaron joined other baseball luminaries such as former Astros stars Craig Biggio and Nolan Ryan at a gala Tuesday to honor Hamilton.