Niehaus statue unveiled at Safeco

SculptureArts and CultureEdgar Martinez

There was only one thing Dave Niehaus loved more than being at the ballparks and that was spending time with his family. Friday members of the Niehaus family were on hand for the unveiling of a Dave Niehaus statue at Safeco Field.

When Niehaus' wife Marilyn saw the statue, she said she cried with a smile on her face.

A statue of Dave Niehaus was unveiled Friday at Safeco Field. Niehaus was the lead play-by-play announcer from the team's debut in 1977 to his death in late 2010.

The statue is located in right-center field, overlooking the outfield grass. It depicts Niehaus in bronze, seated at his desk before a microphone and scorebook.

Rick Rizzs, Neihaus' longtime partner, emceed the unveiling ceremony. The statue was sculpted by Lou Cella, of Chicago. It depicts Niehaus as slightly larger than life-sized.

Neihaus' family, Mariners CEO Chuck Armstrong, and former players including Jay Buhner and Dan Wilson attended the small ceremony. In the statue, Neihaus' scorebook is opened to the final at-bat of Game 5 of the 1995 Division Series , when Edgar Martinez hit his memorable game-winning double.




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