This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.
For Seattle Mariners fans, the sweetest sound on a summer day was hearing Dave Niehaus’ “My, oh my!” on the car radio. It almost surely signaled a hard-hit baseball soaring over an outfield fence.
That familiar voice was stilled Wednesday when the Northwest baseball icon died at age 75.
For longtime fans, Niehaus was the voice of the Mariners, broadcasting since they began playing at the Kingdome 34 seasons ago. Big names came and went on the field, but Niehaus was the constant, the touchstone for fans. He truly was, as team president Chuck Armstrong said, “the heart and soul” of the franchise.
When fans think of the team’s greatest moments, their thoughts inevitably are narrated by Niehaus. Who can forget the excitement in his voice in 1995 when Edgar Martinez doubled in Ken Griffey Jr. to win the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees? Or hearing him order up some mustard and rye bread to go with a “grand salami” home run?
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