Billy Mac - My Oh My! The Dave Niehaus Story

This reverent reflection on the life and work of Hall of Fame baseball broadcaster, Dave Niehaus begins in his childhood and takes us through his celebrated career. For more than three decades in Seattle, until his death in 2010, his lyrical play-by-play was a nightly inspiration to the fans.Get out the rye bread and mustard, Grandma, it s grand salami time!

The biography of Hall of Fame baseball broadcaster, Dave Niehaus. This reverent reflection on his life and work begins in his childhood and takes us through his celebrated career. Dave Niehaus made history behind a radio microphone on April 6, 1977, calling the Seattle Mariners first Major League Baseball® game in the Seattle Kingdome. For more than three decades in Seattle, until his death in 2010, his lyrical play-by-play was a nightly inspiration to the fans. Through seasons good and bad, whether attendance rose or fell at the ballpark, his rock-solid radio and television ratings always reflected a simple truth: Niehaus was universally loved by everyone associated with Mariner baseball. An Indiana native who became a celebrated sports figure in the Pacific Northwest, Niehaus earned his reputation as one of the finest announcers in the game. His career spanned more than a half-century, beginning at Indiana University and continuing through stints with the Armed Forces Television and Radio Service and the California Angels. His impressive resume included UCLA football and basketball as well as Los Angeles Rams football. His excellence and dedication to his craft culminated in his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. Niehaus instilled in his listeners a loyalty and love of the Mariners in the heady days of Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, and Lou Piniella. He delighted Seattle Mariner fans with his colorful, distinctive broadcasts and his celebrated calls -- My oh my! ... Fly, fly away ... and Get out the rye bread and mustard, Grandma, it s grand salami time! He loved the fans, and the fans loved him. This is a baseball book. It is a biography of one of the game s favorite sons and most devoted servants. It is both a reverent look at the life of that man and a heartfelt reflection on his trade. Furthermore, it is not only that man s life story but his baseball story as well the game he grew up with, the players and managers and ballparks and broadcasters who nurtured his baseball heart and led him to fashion an enduring love for the sport.

Billy Mac, a friend of Dave Niehaus, grew up in New Orleans where he was educated at Jesuit High School and Tulane University. Billy is a life- long entertainer, singer, songwriter, and piano player. As a season-ticket holder for two decades, he was privileged to have been acquainted through the years with many Mariner coaches, players, front-office personnel, and baseball writers and broadcasters. He is a mem- ber of the Seattle Mariners RBI Club, a group of civic and business leaders who have supported the team tirelessly since 1979. Billy and his wife, Grammy®-nominated singer Merrilee Rush, live on a small farm east of Seattle.

 

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