The Seattle Mariners have never won a World Series. They've never won an American League Championship, though they’ve been close a few times.
But through the many ups and downs of the Mariners' tenure, the voice of Mariners' announcer Dave Niehaus has remained constant: droning and emphatic, ready to hit the roof at any sign of a line drive to deep right field.
He has the classic sort of voice that would sound as at home on a tinny 1920s-era radio as it does now on brand new 5.1 surround sound. He has become the voice of the Seattle Mariners, as well as one of the seminal sports media figures in history.
Niehaus called the inaugural pitch of the Mariners franchise in 1977, after being hired by singing/acting legend Danny Kaye, and has since called over 4,900 Mariners games.
He has narrated the home runs of Ken Griffey, Jr. and Edgar Martinez, the countless hundred-mile-an-hour fastballs of Randy Johnson, and the eruption of volcanic temper tantrums put on by Coach Lou Piniella as he berated umpires on what felt like a daily basis.
And through all of this, he has never announced a single World Series game.
But he hardly needs to. His play-by-plays have certainly caught the eye (or ear, rather) of Cooperstown, as he has received the Ford C. Frick Award for Broadcasting Excellence in Baseball, and in 2000 he was inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame.
His catchphrases like "My, Oh My!" and "Swung on, and Belted..." are now commonly used in the Seattle baseball vernacular, and will likely remain that way long after Niehaus has retired.
So here is a slide show dedicated to a few of the moments in Niehaus’ career that have been truly great, the moments that put Niehaus’ name alongside the greats of Sports Broadcasting.