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Seattle Mariners: 5 Greatest Moments in Kingdome History

Madison GuernseyContributor IIIMay 31, 2012

Seattle Mariners: 5 Greatest Moments in Kingdome History

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    The Kingdome was the first home to the Seattle Mariners, and it hosted the team along with the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Supersonics and Seattle Sounders. 

    From 1977 until 1999, the Mariners played their home games in the dome, many of which ended in losses, but some of which ended as historic moments in baseball history.

    Here are the top five greatest moments in Kingdome history.

5. The First Pitch

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    On April 6, 1977, pitcher Diego Segui threw the first ever pitch in the Kingdome. It was called a strike, but unfortunately the Mariners fell to the California Angels 7-0.

    Segui finished his career with a 92-111 record, including a 12-13 mark with Seattle based clubs Pilots and Mariners.

4. Chris Bosio No-Hitter

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    In the second and most recent no-hitter in Mariners history, righty Chris Bosio no-hit the Boston Red Sox on April 22, 1993.

    Omar Vizquel made a no-no saving barehanded play at shortstop to end the game, and Bosio's 11-year career is highlighted by the one game against Boston.

    Bosio put up solid numbers in the big leagues, going 94-93 with a 3.96 ERA and nine saves.  

3. Randy Johnson No-Hitter

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    The Big Unit's career had many highlights, but the first was his no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers on June 2, 1990 in the Kingdome.

    Although he was far from perfect (Johnson gave up six walks and the M's defense committed two errors), Randy made quick work of Detroit, ending the game in two hours and 41 minutes, the final out coming via strikeout, his eighth of the game.

    Johnson is a future first-ballot Hall of Famer, compiling a record of 303-166 with a 3.29 ERA, 4,875 strikeouts, a perfect game, this no-hitter, five Cy Young awards, co-World Series MVP honors, and the best mullet in baseball history. 

    He also hit and killed a dove with a pitch. 

2. 1995 AL West Tiebreaker

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    In the magical season that was 1995, the Mariners battled back from 13 games behind the first-place California Angels with two months to go in the season, and Luis Sojo's inside the park grand slam carried the M's to their first playoff appearance in franchise history as they beat the Angels 9-1.

    (Skip to 1:25 in the video for the highlight.)

    Although Seattle won 116 games in 2001, 1995 was the most special season to so many Mariners fans for many reasons, including the play-in game against the Halos.

1. The Double

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    Without a doubt, the number one play in Kingdome and Seattle Mariners history is Edgar Martinez's game-winning two-run double in Game 5 of the 1995 ALDS against the New York Yankees.

    The late Dave Niehaus made the call, and to this day it sends chills down my spine.

    Martinez sent a line drive down the left field line, scoring Joey Cora and Ken Griffey, Jr. and sending the Mariners to their first ALCS in franchise history.

    I'll let Dave take it from here.

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