Dave Niehaus bio
Biographical information for Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus.
Born: Feb. 19, 1935, in Princeton, Ind.
Died: Nov. 10, 2010, in Bellevue. Age: 75
Family: Wife Marilyn; children Andy, Matt and Greta; six grandchildren (Zach, Steven, Madeline, Alexa, Audrey and Spencer).
Broadcast history: Worked for Armed Forces Radio and TV service, calling Dodgers games in Los Angeles and Yankees games in New York as well as basketball and hockey. From 1969 to 1976, broadcast California Angels games, teaming with Dick Enberg and Don Drysdale. Also broadcast UCLA football and basketball (1973-76). In 1977, was hired by the expansion team in Seattle, the Mariners, to be their lead announcer, a job he held until his death. Called his 5,000th Mariners broadcast May 7.
Awards: Given the Ford C. Frick Award and inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. Named one of The Seattle Times' Top 10 Most Influential People of the Century. Served as grand marshal of the Seafair Parade. Named Washington Broadcaster of the Year in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 2004 by the Washington State Association of Broadcasters. Inducted into the Puget Sound Sports Hall of Fame. Received the 2004 One World Award from the Washington Council of the Blind. Honored in 1997 by the Washington state House of Representatives for "contributions to the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest." Threw out ceremonial first pitch for inaugural game at Safeco Field in 1999. Inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame and the Washington State Hall of Fame.