Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus remembered

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on December 11, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 12 at 1:56 PM

SEATTLE -- Thousands of fans paid tribute to longtime Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus at Safeco Field on Saturday.

The Hall of Famer called games for all of the Mariners' 34 seasons. He died of a heart attack at 75 on Nov. 10.

About 3,000 fans were filling the lower bowl of Safeco Field on Saturday. Much of the Mariners' front office and Niehaus' friends and family are seated on the field between home plate and the pitchers mound. Niehaus threw out the first pitch in the ballpark's history in 1999.

Niehaus' broadcaster partner for 25 years, Rick Rizzs, broke down on stage, saying, "Tom Hanks was wrong. You saw the movie, right? 'There's no crying in baseball.' Yeah, there is."

The Niehaus family suggests that those who wish to make a donation in Dave's memory consider the following:

American Heart Association

American Diabetes Association

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

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