Posts tagged: Dave Niehaus
Longtime broadcast partner Rick Rizzs steps away after sitting down with a statue of the late Seattle Mariners play-by-play announcer Dave Niehaus this afternoon in Seattle. The slightly larger-than-life statue of Niehaus was unveiled in a ceremony that included his widow Marilyn and other family members, team president Chuck Armstrong and former Mariners Jay Buhner and Dan Wilson. The bronze statue is located in the Main Concourse of the Mariners' ballpark, near Section 105 in right-center field. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Question: Have Seattle Mariner broadcaster filled in capably for the late Dave Niehaus this year?
As family members look on, Marylin Niehaus, the widow of Mariners announcer Dave Niehaus, who died last year, throws out the first pitch of the Mariners home opener baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Friday in Seattle. The Mariners gave up 10 runs to the visiting Cleveland Indians in the fourth and fell behind 12-0 before losing 12-3. Story here. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Question: Who is your favorite baseball/sports announcer of all time?
Groundskeepers mow past a new outfield sign honoring long-time Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus at the team's ballpark Wednesday in Seattle. Niehaus died last November. The team opens their home season against the Cleveland Indians on Friday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Fans hold up signs during a “Celebration of Life” program for Dave Niehaus at Safeco Field Saturday in Seattle. A few thousand fans turned out at Safeco Field on a chilly afternoon to pay tribute to Niehaus, the Hall of Fame Seattle Mariners broadcaster who unexpectedly died of a heart attack on Nov. 10 at the age of 75. Niehause was the narrator for 34 seasons of Mariners baseball, from the first pitch in franchise history in 1977 through the end of the 2010 season. Story here. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mark Harrison)
“It’s a damn shame that the Mariners never lived up to their play-by-play man” — Art Thiel, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, re: Seattle play-by-play announcer Dave Niehaus, who of a heart attack this week at age 75. Full Thiel column here.
Before he began narrating our summer nights, Dave Niehaus was third fiddle to Dick Enberg and Don Drysdale in the broadcast booth of the California Angels, owned by the Singing Cowboy himself, Gene Autry. “David, you call a hell of a game,” Autry once told Niehaus. “Not the game I’m watching, but a hell of a game.” Niehaus told that story on himself upon his election to the broadcasters’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame two years ago. The occasion called for stories, for humor and humility to leaven the treacly reverence in which the game loves to wallow – but without sacrificing the appreciation and respect due the moment. And this was Dave Niehaus’ specialty/John Blanchette, SR. More here. (AP file photo: Dave Niehaus interviewing Ken Griffey Jr & Griffey Sr. in 1999)
Question: What did you appreciate most about Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus?
Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus reacts to the applause of the pre-game crowd as he is inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame on May 7, 2000, in Seattle. Niehaus has been broadcasting for the Mariners since their inaugural season in 1977. The Seattle Times has just announced that Niehaus died today at age 75 of a heart attack. Seattle Mariners statement here. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Question: My best memory of Dave Niehaus was his call on the double that Edgar Martinez hit to drive in Ken Griffey Jr. with the winning run to beat the Yankees in the playoffs? What’s yours?