This happened last week to Seattle and to baseball. Dave Niehaus was the announcer for the Seattle Mariners baseball team since their inception in 1977. Hardy M's fans will know his name, face and especially his voice anywhere. M's fans are a peculiar breed, as the team has achieved little over it's lifetime and less in the last five years. The fans, myself included, tend to follow them and attend games regardless of their record. Dave was always the most enthusiastic M's fan. Anyone who lived in Seattle in the 1990's knows about the miracle year of 1995 and Dave's call. He was as much a part of the team as any player, maybe more so since he was never traded, never retired. He was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame. In 2008, he was named the winner of the Ford C Frick given by the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, which recognizes career excellence in baseball broadcasting and is considered the highest baseball broadcasting honor. Niehaus broadcast 5,284 of the 5,385 Mariners games. See his full Obituary at the Seattle PI.
|Dave Niehaus. courtesy of iill.net|
|Exterior of the Kingdome; its amazing to see the cityscape around it now too. It never looked that bleak then. courtesy of monolithic.com.|
|Interior of the Kingdome. We usually sat in those outfield seats that look blue on the right. Courtesy of ballparks.com|
|Safeco Field. courtesy of theredsreport.com|
I know many of you are from lands outside of the United States where baseball is hardly understood, let alone followed with fervor. I may have lost you in the first three lines of this blog. Watching memorial videos made me tear up at my desk today. Dave shall never be replaced just as a childhood that has passed can never be regained. Today I find myself yearning for simple times gone by, with a bag of peanuts, in the outfield bleachers, sitting between mom and dad watching a game I adore in the city I love.