Legendary Seattle Mariners Sportscaster Dave Niehaus Passes Away

November 11th, 2010 - 8:38 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
daveNov 11, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Seattle Mariner’s voice over the last 33 years, Dave Niehaus passed away on Wednesday at his home in Bellevue, Washington. The 75 year old sportscaster suffered a fatal heart attack according to his family. The Niehaus family has asked for privacy from the media at the difficult time. Howard Lincoln, the chairman of Seattle Mariners, said that they were devastated by the news. Seattle Mariners’ president and COO also expressed his solidarity with the Niehaus family and said that the entire franchise is with them at this difficult time.

Hundreds of Mariners fans visited the official website of the franchise and posted comments after hearing of the death of Dave Niehaus. One of the bloggers said that he did not turn on the ballgame and rather tuned in to the ‘Dave Niehaus show. He said that the passion and joy that the sportscaster felt for the game of baseball came through in his commentary. Another fan said that he was not just a sportscaster but a storyteller of life. Many of the fans recalled their fond memories about Dave Niehaus and one, who called himself a Seattle fan since birth said that there would even be times when after a home-run he would turn off his TV sets and tune in to the radio.

Inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame in 2000, Dave Niehaus was one of the most recognized voices on the radio in Washington. In his illustrious career, the sportscaster has been named the Washington Sportscaster of the Year twice. Last year in May, the legendary sportscaster recorded his 5000th game for the Mariners.

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