SEATTLE - Dave Niehaus, the voice of the Seattle Mariners since their inaugural year in 1977, died in his home of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 75.
Niehaus was honored in the broadcasters wing at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008 as a recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award.
He threw out the ceremonial opening pitch at Safeco Field in 1999 and, along with Alvin Davis, was inducted into the first Mariners Hall-of-Fame class the next year.
"All of baseball is terribly saddened by the tragic news that Dave Niehaus, the voice of the Seattle Mariners, has passed away," MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "He was one of the great broadcast voices of our generation, a true gentleman and a credit to baseball."
Of the 5,385 games played by the Mariners in their history, Niehaus only missed calling about 100 contests.
The Princeton, Indiana native is survived by his wife Marilyn, three children and six grandchildren.