Dave Niehaus – remembering

Dave Niehaus, Seattle Mariner broadcast announcer from their first game in 1977 died last week.
He was 75. There have been pages of memories provided through the newspaper, an open house at the stadium, and countless TV bits and pieces. They even replayed one famous 1995 game on TV and radio.

Yesterday, Mr. Niehaus’ family held their private service to bid him farewell.
From a friend who works at the funeral home I was provided a copy of a poem read.
It is based on a poem attributed to Mary Elizabeth Frye

In Loving Memory of:
Dave Niehaus

Dave Niehaus

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am an echo in home run calls.
I am the flash of white on a well struck ball.
I am the sunlight on the outfield grass.
I am the powerful autumn home run blast.
When you jump up to a called steeerike three
I am there, yes you know me.
I am the sound of the broom after a three game sweep
Swung on and belted; I am the tears on your cheek.
Rye bread and mustard, salami abound
I am high above looking down.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. “My O My!”

Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home

This may only resonate with the Seattle faithful, but next year is going to be very different.
Two of the 1995 calls.

Now the left hander ready, branding iron hot, the 1-2 pitch….”K” inserted! It’s over! Right over the heart of the plate! Randy looks to the skies that is covered by the dome and bedlam! As the Mariners now erupt! 19 long years of frustration is over!
—Calling the final out against the California Angels in the one-game AL West playoff in 1995.
Right now, the Mariners looking for the tie. They would take a fly ball, they would love a base hit into the gap and they could win it with Junior’s speed. The stretch… and the 0-1 pitch on the way to Edgar Martínez swung on and LINED DOWN THE LEFT FIELD LINE FOR A BASE HIT! 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!
—Calling the winning hit by Edgar Martínez, which scored Joey Cora and Ken Griffey, Jr. to win the 1995 American League Division Series in the 5th and final game. (Over the Yankees)

One Response to “Dave Niehaus – remembering”

  1. Ashlan Says:

    love.

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