“My, Oh My”
Professional sports in the Northwest has a long illustrious history, and part of that history includes the story telling that the announcing crew brings to life.
For fans that are unable to attend the game in person, these gentlemen (and ladies) make you feel as if you were sitting front row.
When I sit back and think about Seattle sports announcers there are two men that instantly come to mind. The first, due to my love for the game is Kevin Calabro.
The second, which is more of a 1B, than it is a second, is Dave Niehaus.
The Man was FAMILY
For thirty three seasons, Seattle Mariners fans were treated to one of the most entertaining voices in North West sports history.
Just as Starbucks is to the 9-5er’s, Dave Niehaus was to baseball fans in the Emerald City and M’s fans throughout North America.
Few would argue that other than Harry Caray, Niehaus has been the most recognizable voice in baseball history.
Niehaus' was one of the most recognizable voices in baseball history...
Spending his early years as part of the broadcast team for the California Angels, LA Rams and the UCLA sports programs, Niehaus traded the sunny beaches of California for the rainy North West as the lead broadcaster for the Mariners.
Throughout his tenure in the M’s broadcast booth, Niehaus received countless accolades for his work, including twice being named Washington’s Sportscaster of the Year.
In 2008, Niehaus was the recipient with the Ford C. Frick award, the pinicale of broadcasting honors.
Despite the team’s history of struggle to qualify for the American League post season, neither Niehaus or the fans of his broadcasts waviered.
While the broadcasting award was special to Niehaus, it was the honor of experiencing multiple eras of Mariners baseball that he held close.
Starting with the opening game in franchise history, through to throwing out the cerimonial first pitch to open Safeco Field, Niehaus had experienced the highs and lows in Seattle’s Major League Baseball history.
Over the course of his thirty three seasons with the club, Dave Niehaus called nearly 5,300 games before his unfortunate passing due to a heart attack in 2010.
While greats such as Alvin Davis, Ken Griffey Jr. (whom Niehaus affectionately nicknamed, “The Kid), Alex Rodriguez, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson and Ichiro Suzuki have all put their mark on the Mariners franchise, it is Niehaus who is forever honored and remembered by Mariner faithful with a bronze statue sitting in the concourse of Safeco Field.
Dave made our list of Top 5 Northwest sports announcers here.
© Steve Lee for North West Sports Beat, 2012. |
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