It’s a sad day for the Seattle Mariners and baseball fans everywhere. Hall of Fame announcer Dave Niehaus passed away Wednesday after suffering a heart attack. He was 75 years old.
Dave Niehaus had been announcing for the Seattle Mariners since 1977 and was like family to some of the players. He knew when to give advice and how to make the game fun. Edgar Martinez commented on the loss:
It’s hard to think about him being gone now. He was such a big part of baseball in Seattle. He made the game fun to listen to, even when we had bad years. It’s going to be different listening to the games now.
Ken Griffey Jr. also had some kind words and said Niehaus “made the Mariners who they are.” He went on:
It’s tough because he’s like that grandfather to all of us, especially Jay [Buhner], me, Edgar and Dan [Wilson] and so many other Mariners, he was like our grandfather. He would give you a little bit of advice, and he was tough on you when he needed to be. This is a day that I was hoping would never come. It’s just a sad day for all of us, not just his family, but for everybody in the great Northwest.
Known for his colorful style, descriptive ability and outgoing on-air persona, there was a reason Dave Niehaus had been the voice of the Seattle Mariners for so long.
Here is a clip of Dave Niehaus doing what he did best: