Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dave Niehaus, 1935-2010. R.I.P.

Dave Niehaus, the longtime voice of the Seattle Mariners, died today of a heart attack. He was 75.

Niehaus was the radio and television voice of the Mariners from their inception in 1977. Until today, he was the Mariners' only original employee left on their payroll. In 2008, the Baseball Hall of Fame honored with the Ford C. Frick Award for Broadcasting.

My favorite Niehaus call was when Ichiro Suzuki hit a walk off homerun off Yankee legend Mariano Rivera in September 2009. I saw the Yankee broadcast of that game but nothing beats Niehaus shouting, "fly, fly away" with the infectious enthuasiam of a little boy.

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