Dave Niehaus, the famous Mariners broadcaster died on Wednesday at the age of 75 in a massive heart attack. He was the broadcaster from the inaugural 1977 season of Mariners and was the only employee who remained till the end with the organization.
Death of Dave Niehus came down in his Bellevue home and with that an era of Mariner baseball came to an end. A photo of him can be seen on the big screen from the outside of the Safeco field, while his empty chair and the headphones seemed to be still waiting for him.
His famous broadcast was Gaylord Perry’s 300th victory in 1982 and when it finally happened, he simply stood up from his chair in the commentator box. His father was a banker and his father wanted to make him a dentist. But Dave Niehaus’s future lay in broadcasting and he started taking training in the broadcasting classes in a school in Indiana.
Dave Niehaus came as a Mariner’s announcer on December 18, 1976. In the year 1985, Sports magazine ranked him as the fourth accomplished announcers of baseball. He used to say that broadcasting was his life and he will never retire. But finally, with the intervention of God, he has to retire. May his Soul rest in peace.