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After 32 Years As The Voice Of Summer In Seattle, Mariners' Broadcaster Niehaus Ready For Cooperstown

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SEATTLE (AP) - Before Junior, A-Rod, The Big Unit and Ichiro,
the Seattle Mariners' lone icon was Dave Niehaus and his golden
Midwestern voice.
Niehaus has narrated the Mariners' history since Diego Segui
threw the team's first pitch in the Kingdome 32 years ago, through
another loss on Wednesday at palatial Safeco Field.
Now, Niehaus is preparing for another audience this weekend. He
will be honored with inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown,
N.Y.
He will be the first Seattle star to be honored in the Hall.
Since the Mariners' inception in 1977, Niehaus has been the
voice of summer in the Pacific Northwest. Despite the club's
frustrating history, he always brougth enthusiasm and drama to some
horrible teams, horrible games and horrible seasons. Day in and day
out, his calls have often been punctuated by his trademark calls:
"My oh My!" and "It will fly away!"
He stumbled into broadcasting as a student at Indiana, after
deciding that waking up at 8 a.m. every day to stare at teeth as a
dentist wasn't the job for him.
Niehaus worked for the Armed Forces Network in Los Angeles and
New York before anchoring himself in the L.A. market in the late
1960s and early '70s. There he called games for the California
Angels and UCLA football.
In 1976 at the baseball winter meetings, Niehaus was encouraged
to interview for the lead play-by-play job with the expansion
Mariners.
His calls during Seattle's remarkable rally during the 1995
season still bring chills to those who fondly remember the
brightest time in Mariners history.
Perhaps his most famous call was when the Mariners beat the New
York Yankees in the 1995 AL division series. Edgar Martinez's
double in the bottom of the 11th inning scored Joey Cora and Ken
Griffey, Jr. - and Niehaus was screaming, part-broadcaster,
part-fan:
"HERE COMES JOEY, HERE IS JUNIOR TO THIRD BASE, THEY'RE GOING
TO WAVE HIM IN! THE THROW TO THE PLATE WILL BE ... LATE! THE
MARINERS ARE GOING TO PLAY FOR THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP! I
DON'T BELIEVE IT! IT JUST CONTINUES! MY OH MY!"
The 73-year-old Niehaus says he has no plans of slowing down
now.
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