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Farewell To The Voice Of The Seattle Mariners

KIROTV.COM - Dave Niehaus, the Hall of Fame broadcaster who called Seattle Mariners' games from their first season through this year, has died of a heart attack. He was 75. Niehaus died at his home in suburban Bellevue, according to his family.

Niehaus was the voice of the Mariners from their first game on April 6, 1977, through the end of the 2010 season with his golden Midwestern voice punctuated by his trademark "My oh My!" and "It will fly away!" calls.

He was the recipient of the 2008 Ford C. Frick award and was inducted into the broadcasters' wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame. "Dave has truly been the heart and soul of this franchise since its inception in 1977," Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln and team president Chuck Armstrong said in a statement Wednesday night.

From the Mariners' debut in 1977, Niehaus served as an instructor for baseball fans in the Pacific Northwest, a region void of the major league game sans the Seattle Pilots' one-year experiment in 1969. Adults and kids regularly tuned in on summer evenings to hear Niehaus try and put his best spin on what were among the worst teams in baseball during much of the club's history."He could make the worst game seem like the second game of the World Series ... He made it exciting every time," said KIRO 7 Eyewitness News anchor Steve Raible.

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