By Kirby Arnold
An All-Star lineup of speakers is scheduled to honor a Hall of Famer on Dec. 11 during the celebration of Dave Niehaus’ life at Safeco Field. Niehaus, the Mariners’ play-by-play announcer since the franchise’s first game in 1977, died Nov. 10.
The one-hour program will start at 1:10 p.m. and feature former Mariners Jay Buhner and Dan Wilson, team president Chuck Armstrong, former broadcaster Ron Fairly, Niehaus’ longtime broadcast partner Rick Rizzs, and Niehaus’ children Andy Niehaus and Greta Niehaus Dunn. In addition, Marlaina Lieberg will speak on behalf of Mariners fans.
Former Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. is involved in a charity event Dec. 11 in Florida and can’t attend although, while he was in Seattle for a private memorial for Niehaus, Griffey recorded a video message that will be played. Former DH Edgar Martinez is attempting to overcome a conflict in order to take part in the ceremony.
Others who will appear via video messages will be former broadcasters Marty Brennamen, Joe Garagiola, Ken Levine, Jon Miller and Vin Scully.
The home plate gate at Safeco Field will open at noon and the public will be seated in the lower bowl at the stadium. The Mariners also remind that while the Safeco Field roof will be overhead in case of precipitation, those attending the celebration should dress for cold weather. Complimentary hot coffee and cocoa will be available on the stadium’s main concourse.