December 2009

Now availble — Dave Niehaus’ HOF career on a CD

It has a little more than a year since Dave Niehaus was inducted into the Hall of Fame joining some of the greatest announcers of all-time.

I just received in the mail a CD that brilliantly captures Dave’s long and illustrious career, including a 33-year stint as “The Voice of the Mariners”.

The CD, written, produced and narrated by veteran MLB announcer Pat Hughes, takes a 54 minute, 45 second journey through Dave’s career. It includes a young-sounding Niehaus behind the microphone for the Mariners’ first-ever baseball game played at the Kingdome in 1977, the unforgettable 1995 and 2001 seasons, the no-hitters tossed by Randy Johnson and Chris Bosio, and other memorable moments in franchise history.

It’s one “My-oh-my” after another and a few “Fly, Fly Aways” for good measure, not to mention a few “Get out the Mustard, Grandma. . .”

“A Commemorative Tribute to Dave Niehaus”, is the latest in a series of CD’s written and produced by Hughes, the Cubs’ radio play-by-play voice since 1996, and someone I have known and respected since 1978, when he was the “voice of the San Jose Missions” of the Pacific Coast League, and I was a still relatively-young reporter with the San Jose Mercury News.

Hughes also has produced CDs honoring the legacies of Hall of Fame broadcasters Red Barber, Marty Brenneman, Jack Buck, Harry Caray, Harry Kalas and Bob Uecker.

Talk about stocking stuffers — this would make a great one for any Mariners fan and check it out at www.baseballvoices.com.

— Jim Street