Technically, I’m on vacation for the next two weeks — trade? what trade? — but I’ve been meaning to get this out for a long time. Jack Zduriencik kept throwing me off track.
Pat Hughes, long-time Cubs announcer, has put together a “Hall of Fame” series of CD’s in tribute to various legendary announcers, such as Red Barber, Marty Brennaman, Jack Buck, Harry Caray, Harry Kalas and Bob Uecker. Included in the series is a CD devoted to the life and calls of Dave Niehaus, entitlted: Dave Niehaus, “Voice of the Mariners.”
It’s a cool combination of Dave’s classic calls with interviews about his life in broadcasting. It also includes, in its entirety, Niehaus’s speech at Cooperstown when he received the Frick Award during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2008. I saw it in person, and it was fun re-living it on CD. You’ll get the entire spectrum of Niehaus, from the first Mariner game in 1977, a potpourri of great Ken Griffey moments, the last out of both Mariner no-hitters, Gaylord Perry’s 300th win, Ichiro highlights, 2001, right through last year, with Ichiro’s walk-off homer off Mariano Rivera. And, of course, a big segment on 1995, with Dave’s most legendary call of all, Edgar’s double.
End of sell job. If you’re a Mariners’ fan, I think you’d enjoy it. It’s available at Mariner team stores. For more information, go to www.baseballvoices.com.