Dave Niehaus Passes Away At Age 75

Seattle Mariners announcer Dave Niehaus has passed away as a result of a heart attack. The voice of the Mariners since the franchise's inception in 1977 was 75 years old.

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SB Nation Seattle Feature: Dave Niehaus Remembered, By Kirsten Schlewitz

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SB Nation Seattle writer Kristen Schlewitz shared her memories of Dave Niehaus following his passing this week. From afar, Niehaus was her only link to the team, allowing her to connect with Seattle and the Mariners while times were hardest. Sitting in New Orleans, thousands of miles from home, there was Dave on the radio, providing the comfort of familiarity. She wonders what it will be like next season, when it will likely hit most fans that this is real.

That night, sitting alone in my creaking New Orleans kitchen, thousands of miles from home, I certainly didn't want a detached, dispassionate announcer. It's like when you visit your grandparents for Christmas-you expect the same ornaments on the tree, the same glazed ham on the table, the same cheesy jokes made during the photography session. As much as you might roll your eyes, if any of those pieces are missing, suddenly your holiday just doesn't feel quite right. Your cheery wool sweater is now too tight, too itchy.

Read the whole piece here, it's worth the time.

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Ken Griffey Jr. Remembers Dave Niehaus: 'He Is Mariners Baseball'

Ken Griffey Jr. has been in hibernation ever since abruptly leaving the Mariners back in June, but the passing of legendary Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus brought him out of hiding. He joined Shannon Drayer and Matt Pitman on ESPN 710-AM to share some thoughts on the man loved and respected by so many -- including the Mariners players.

Here are some of the highlights.

On how Niehaus treated people: "You didn't know if he was the No. 1 guy on the team or the No. 25 guy on the team, he treated everyone the same."

How he found out: "My dad called me, and you could hear in my dad's voice. He was like, 'Did you hear?' And I was like, 'Yeah.' He asked if I was all right, and I said, 'Yeah, I'm all right.' "

On hearing his calls: "I would go home and my friends would call me and tell me about the home run and would be like, 'Did you hear the call?' And I was like, 'No.' A couple times I'd go home after I hit one and I'd listen and just start laughing. If I would've jumped up and down and he would've said a ball was hit, it's a home run, game over. He made everything so exciting and he was so personable. It's just crazy that were having this discussion for somebody who there's not one person in Seattle that wanted this day to happen."

Overall thoughts: "He's one of the greatest men I've ever met and had the privilege of knowing. Everything that he's done, from going to school, the charity work. He is Mariners baseball. Everyone talks about all the players; we can't hold a candle to that man."

How he handled himself: "It's very rare. He came to the ballpark expecting to win, wanting to win and rooted for his guys. Up there, no matter if we were down 10 runs with two outs, he was still, 'Come on, let's go, let's go." 

His way: "They tried to tell him he couldn't be this and that and he said, 'I'm doing it my way.'

His advice for Junior: " 'Just be you.' That's one of the things. Just be you. Sometimes you need to hear it from other people. My dad has always said it -- youre not me, just be you. All he did was reinforce these things my dad has always said. The crazy thing is nobody listens to their dad."

His family: "He's a grandfather, I know he's got three grandkids, but he's got 300 of us. He's surely gonna be missed."

Favorite memories: "Some of the wardrobe malfunctions he'd have. You know, the white prom shoes he buys every year. We kept telling him his wife didn't want to go to prom for like the 50th time. I told him the sun was free so he could get some sun on those legs. It's hard to think that he's gone."

You can listen to the full interview here.

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Niehaus Passes Away After Heart Attack, Mariners Confirm

The Seattle Mariners have released a statement confirming the death of Dave Niehaus. According to the release, Niehaus passed away at his home after a heart attack. He was 75. His longtime announcing partner, Rick Rizz, was shocked and saddened by the news.

“What a loss,” Rizzs said. “Holy cow. I feel numb. He meant everything to Mariner baseball. Everything. He was not only the voice of the Mariners, he WAS the Mariners. He was the face of the franchise. When you turned on the radio, everything was right with the world when you heard Dave’s voice.”

It’s a sentiment echoed by fans of Seattle baseball near and far. Mariners CEO Chuck Armstrong and President Howard Lincoln also released a statement remembering Niehaus as a constant presence with the organization (via The Seattle Times)

“Dave has truly been the heart and soul of this franchise since its inception in 1977. Since calling Diego Segui’s first-pitch strike on Opening Night in the Kingdome some 34 years ago, Dave’s voice has been the constant with the franchise.”

Niehaus is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and their three children, Andy, Matt and Greta. You can read the full press release over at Lookout Landing.

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