Dave Niehaus and Ken Griffey Jr. shared a unique friendship, a bond forged over years spent together as each compiled their respective Hall of Fame careers. Niehaus provided the soundtrack for many of Junior’s most memorable moments in a Mariners uniform, from his home run on the first pitch he saw in the Kingdome to his sprint around the bases in game 5 of the ’95 American League Division Series to his “old-time religion” home run and so many others.
#19 – The Legends
“I think he came here as a kid – a 19-year-old kid – and he leaves as a 40-year-old kid to tell you the truth. I’m not sure age had anything to do with his demeanor.” – Dave Niehaus
“First time that Dave introduced himself, he said, ‘I’m the Mariners announcer, Dave Niehaus.’ He didn’t really say a whole lot, and then he came back and said, ‘You’re gonna be a good one.’ He said, ‘Just relax, you’ll be a good one.'” – Ken Griffey Jr.
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