Legendary Mariners Broadcaster Going To Cooperstown
February 20, 2008 at 6:20 AM (PT)
Happy Birthday, DAVE NIEHAUS, you're headed for the NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME. NIEHAUS, a fixture in the SEATTLE MARINERS' broadcast booth since they entered the AMERICAN LEAGUE as an expansion franchise in 1977, was named the 2008 winner of the FORD C. FRICK AWARD on TUESDAY and will be honored at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies on JULY 27th at the CLARK SPORTS CENTER IN COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.
The news came on NIEHAUS' 73rd birthday. It marked the second consecutive year that the award for major contributions to baseball broadcasting has been won by an announcer who has covered his club since its inception. NIEHAUS follows DENNY MATTHEWS, the broadcaster for the KANSAS CITY ROYALS since their debut season of 1969.
"What a birthday present," NIEHAUS said on a telephone conference call. "It's the most humbling experience. My phone has not stopped since the news got out."