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Averill, Howard Earl (1902-1983), Baseball Player
Earl Averill -- he went by his middle name -- was a relatively small player from a small town who made it big in major league baseball. Born, raised, and retired in Snohomish, he didn't begin his big-league career until 1929 when he was nearly 27, but quickly made up for the late start. In an era when many of the game's legendary players were in their prime, Averill was an immediate and perennial star for the Cleveland Indians. He was selected to baseball's first six All-Star Games and batted .318 over a 13-year career. His Cleveland team record for home runs in a career lasted 57 years; his runs-batted-in record still stands. Fans loved him and opponents respected him, but baseball writers choosing candidates for enshrinement in the sport's hall of fame were not as impressed. They passed over him for more than three decades. Finally, a special selection committee made him a unanimous choice. In 1975, he became the first Washington state native to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. By then he had long been his hometown's most famous citizen. In fact, his nickname put the town in baseball's lexicon. He was called and is remembered as The Earl of Snohomish.
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Brougham, Royal (1894-1978), Journalist
A 68-year veteran of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer,
journalist Royal Brougham was once dubbed "Dean of American Sportswriters." Brougham's column, "The Morning After," was a fixture of P-I
sports pages for more than half a century. Despite a casual demeanor (many of his columns were simply credited to "your old neighbor," frequent misspellings, and creative grammar, Brougham established himself as one of Seattle's most celebrated, opinionated, and influential journalists. He was also one of the city's most generous men. To honor his numerous efforts on behalf of others, the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named Royal Brougham First Citizen of 1946.
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Danz, Fredric A. (1918-2009)
Some may have been born into show business, but for Fredric Danz, it's more accurate to say that he was born into the business of shows. The son of pioneer Seattle film exhibitor John Danz (d. 1961), Fredric inherited his father's chain of motion picture houses in the early 1960s, growing the family business into Sterling Recreation Organization (SRO), which at its height owned more than 100 theaters up and down the West Coast. But Fredric Danz wasn't simply concerned with his business interests, as evidenced by his lengthy involvement in civic activities. For his many contributions to the larger community, the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named Fredric Danz First Citizen of 1985.
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Dugdale, Daniel E. (1864-1934), Baseball Pioneer
Daniel E. Dugdale was born in Peoria, Illinois, on October 18, 1864, and soon learned to play the new game called baseball. He starred on some of the first professional teams as a catcher, but was lured to Seattle in 1898 by the Klondike Gold Rush. Instead of prospecting, he found his mother lode speculating in local real estate, which he got to survey while working as a grip man on Seattle cable cars. Dugdale put his new-found wealth to work by building some of Seattle's finest early baseball stadiums and managing some its most successful regional teams.
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Hutchinson, Dr. William B. (1909-1997)
Following a dedication ceremony on September 5, 1975, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center opened the doors of its $12 million, seven-story research and treatment facility, situated on land acquired from nearby Swedish Hospital on Seattle's First Hill. Senators Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Warren G. Magnuson (D-Wash.), Governor Daniel J. Evans, and baseball great Joe DiMaggio were among those in attendance. This ceremony marked the fulfillment of a 20-year long vision of the Center's founder, surgeon William B. Hutchinson. He believed research, not the scalpel, would provide the ultimate answer to cancer -- humanity's great plague. An avid athlete himself, he was the older brother of the great baseball player Fred Hutchinson (1919-1964), for whom the Center was named. His was a dual and intersecting life. The Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named William Hutchinson First Citizen of 1975, in part for his development of cancer research facilities, and also for his work with youth athletic programs.
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Hutchinson, Fred (1919-1964): Baseball Legend
Frederick Charles "Hutch" Hutchinson is Seattle's most venerated sports figure, the first to attain national eminence, and a true hometown hero, celebrated for his exploits on the field and his courage and class off. He came from a baseball-devoted family, in comfortable circumstances, a standout from his first days on the Rainier Beach sandlots. He starred as a catcher, pitcher, and fielder at Franklin High School, in semi-pro ball and with the Seattle Rainiers minor league team. He pitched for the Detroit Tigers in a 10-year career that was interrupted by service in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He went on to managerships that included the Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals, and Cincinnati Reds. His 1961 Reds won the National League pennant, but lost the World Series, 4-1, to a powerhouse New York Yankees team. The Reds were contending again in 1964, when Hutchinson was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died on November 12, 1964, at age 45. He won many honors during his career. In 2000 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer named him Seattle's Athlete for the Century. The Hutch Award, created in 1965, is one of Major League Baseball's top three humanitarian awards. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, a world-renowned research facility, is the legacy of his older brother and mentor, Dr. William B. Hutchinson (1909-1997).
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Kingdome: The Controversial Birth of a Seattle Icon (1959-1976)
The first protean ideas for a Seattle domed stadium arose 12 years before the Kingdome's long-anticipated groundbreaking in 1972. Although many local sports fans and business leaders enthusiastically backed the concept, its funding tripped over two failed bond initiatives, the first in 1960, the second in 1966. Voters eventually passed a $40 million bond for the stadium in 1968 as a part of a comprehensive improvement package known as Forward Thrust, but the struggle was far from over. Between 1968 and 1972, more than 100 sites were considered, the County Executive was sued, protests abounded, and conspiracy theories flourished.
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Kingdome: A Slideshow History of its Site, Design, and Construction
This is a slideshow photo essay on the history of Seattle's Kingdome, its site, design, and construction. The Kingdome (formally, the King County Multipurpose Domed Stadium) opened in March 1976 and was imploded in March 2000. Written and Curated by Heather MacIntosh.
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Langlie, Arthur B. (1900-1966)
Arthur B. Langlie was the only mayor of Seattle to become governor of the state and the only Washington governor to regain that office after losing it. Langlie was born in Minnesota and moved with his family to Washington's Kitsap Peninsula at the age of nine. He practiced law in Seattle for nearly 10 years before winning a Seattle City Council seat in 1935 as a candidate of the conservative and moralistic reform group New Order of Cincinnatus. Cincinnatus soon faded, but the young, energetic, and politically attractive Langlie won the mayor's office in 1938. He became the Republican candidate for governor in 1940 and won a narrow victory. At 40, Langlie was the youngest governor in the history of the state until Dan Evans (b. 1925) was elected in 1964. Langlie was defeated for re-election in 1944 by Democrat Monrad C. Wallgren (1891-1961), but won the office back by defeating Wallgren in 1948. Langlie was easily re-elected in 1952, becoming the first Washington governor to serve three terms. Langlie left politics after failing badly in his 1956 campaign to defeat Democratic U.S. Senator Warren G. Magnuson (1905-1989). He spent the final years of his career as a magazine publisher in New York.
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Lassen, Leo H. (1899-1975)
Leo Lassen was a sportswriter and publicist who became a living legend as a baseball radio broadcaster in his hometown of Seattle. He covered the city's Pacific Coast League teams from 1931 to 1960. His glory years coincided with those of the Seattle Rainiers when they played at Sicks' Seattle Stadium. Baseball was the biggest game in town, and Lassen was its voice. His distinctive rapid-fire delivery, packed with detail and baseball knowledge, was known throughout the city. His broadcasting career ended with a salary dispute and he withdrew into private life, never returning to the ballpark where he had earned fame. A lifelong bachelor, he spent his retirement caring for his mother and tending his roses at his Wallingford home. He died without any surviving family members but with legions of fans who remembered him with appreciation and affection.
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Niehaus, David Arnold (1935-2010)
Dave Niehaus was the play-by-play voice of the Seattle Mariners baseball team for its first 34 years, from before spring training in 1977 through the end of the 2010 season. He was so popular with his radio and television audiences that he was selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the inaugural game at Safeco Field when the Mariners' new ballpark opened in 1999. He was so respected by the Major League Baseball community that his name was added to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. And he was so beloved by fans that when he suddenly died at home from a heart attack five weeks after the season's last game, thousands came to the ballpark to grieve and honor his memory. The team extended that salute throughout the 2011 season with commemorative signs at the stadium and patches on the players' uniforms, culminating with the September unveiling of a statue of him. No other person in franchise history had been so honored, or so fondly remembered.
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Play Ball! A Slideshow of the History of Early Baseball in Washington
This is a HistoryLink Baseball Memories slideshow by Seattle Baseball historian David Eskenazi, recounting early baseball in Washington. Written and curated by David Eskenazi. All images copyright 2003, David Eskenazi. Produced by Alyssa Burrows.
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Rainier Beer -- Seattle's Iconic Brewery
The Rainier Brewing Company traced its historic roots back to the very beginnings of commercial beer-making in Washington Territory's pre-statehood years. The century-long saga of Seattle brewing encompasses Rainier's antecedent companies: the Bay View Brewery (founded 1883), and Sweeney's Brewery (founded 1884). In 1893 their successor firm, the Seattle Brewing and Malting Company, launched the "Rainier" brand of lager beer which became so popular that by 1904 they were the largest brewery west of the Mississippi River. After shutting its doors during the Prohibition era (1916-1933) the brewery ultimately re-emerged as the Rainier Brewing Company whose "Mountain Fresh" lager was the region's dominant beer for decades. It even insinuated itself into our provincial pop culture: from the 1930s through the 1960s the associated Rainiers baseball team was Seattle's main sports team, and later the brewery-backed Rainier Cup hydroplane races during the summer Seafair festival; during the 1950s the brewery sponsored Seattle's live country music program, KIRO radio's Rainier Ranch (and later KING's Rainier Ranch TV show); by the late-1970s Rainier's iconic regional status as a low-brow brew inspired some fans to refer to it ironically (and with a faux-French accent) as "Rahhn-yay" beer; the classic Superfuzz Bigmuff
CD showed Seattle's '80s grunge rockers, Mudhoney, gripping their precious Rainier cans; and "tall boy" cans of the beer are repeatedly shown, and referred to as "Vitamin R," in the humorous 2008 cult film, Twilight (which is set in the logging town of Forks, Washington). But hillbilly bands, thunderboat fans, grungers, and Gen X slackers aren't the only ones who loved a cold Rainier: it was the staple at countless working-class taverns and also managed to win numerous prestigious awards, including a silver medal for Best American Light Lager by the Great American Beer Festival in 1987, and gold medals in 1990, 1998, and 2000. Upon the Rainier Brewery's demise in June 1999, a wild and foamy chapter in Northwest brewing history also came to a close
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Rainier Valley -- Thumbnail History
Seattle's Rainier Valley is both a neighborhood and a geographical feature. The valley, which is not a watercourse but the low land between two ridges, extends some seven miles southeast from downtown Seattle to Lake Washington. As a neighborhood, "Rainier Valley" most frequently refers to the northern and central portions of the valley, but the name is sometimes used for the entire length of the valley including neighborhoods such as Columbia City and Rainier Beach. Coast Salish residents had a long-established trail through the valley and several permanent large cedar longhouses on the lake shore. The first non-Indian settlers arrived in the 1850s but settlement was slow until the valley's great stands of timber were cut and milled in local sawmills. The Rainier Avenue Electric Railway, built along the present-day route of Rainier Avenue S, opened the valley to suburban and eventually urban development. The rail line reached Columbia City in 1891 and Renton in 1896 and was a critical link until it went out of business in 1937. Rainier Valley has long been home to many immigrants, with Italian Americans and Japanese Americans predominating prior to World War II (which saw the internment of Japanese American citizens). Boom times during and after the war brought many more residents. African Americans moved from other states and from Seattle's Central Area. More recently, new waves of immigrants from Latin America and southeast Asia have made Rainier Valley home.
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Seafair -- Beginnings
Seafair, the gala annual Seattle-King County water festival, began in August 1950 and continues to this day. The festival erupts all over King County and has included hydroplane speed competitions, lifeboat races, steamboat races, tug boat tugs-of-war, waterskiing competitions, swimming meets, musical performances, high diving, underwater dancing, parades, parties, and joyous nightly boogying all over town. Additional events have been a Mardi Gras in the Central Area, an elaborate dragon parade in the International District, the historic Aqua Follies at Green Lake (which ran every summer from 1950 to the late 1960s), Scottish Highland Games, a ritual boat burning, and coronations of water kings and water queens, among numerous other elaborate entertainments.
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Seattle Indians: A Forgotten Chapter in Seattle Baseball
In mid-1920 the Seattle Giants baseball club (previously also known as the Rainiers and the Purple Sox) became the Seattle Indians. After winning a pennant in 1924 the Indians began a slide that carried into the Depression years. In 1932 arson forced the Indians to relocate to a dirt football field on lower Queen Anne. Trying to keep a second division baseball team solvent during the Depression proved to be a near impossible task. In September 1937 the team finally collapsed in an incredible season finale. In December of 1937 Seattle brewer Emil Sick (1894-1964) purchased the team. He brought in a successful manager, invested in talent and built a new stadium. Sick's team, named the Seattle Rainiers, were born in Rainier Valley, on the very place where Daniel Dugdale (1864-1934), 25 years earlier, located his Seattle Giants, the predecessor of the Indians.
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The Seattle Mariners were created grudgingly by Major League Baseball as the result of a lawsuit. They played their first games in 1977, then took 14 years to have a winning season. Their first three decades were mostly a struggle, an uneven melodrama marked by unhappy owners, ineffective managers, bad moves, and fan frustration. But amid the angst, they boasted four of the sport's brightest stars: Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Alex Rodriguez, and Ichiro Suzuki. They also managed to produce a pair of seasons so extraordinary that they turned Seattle, which traditionally had favored football among its sports, into a baseball town -- at least temporarily. From those bursts of excitement came an open-air stadium and a rise in the value of the franchise from baseball's lowest to one of its highest.
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Seattle Neighborhoods: Madison Park -- Thumbnail History
The Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle is situated on the western shore of Lake Washington. It was originally inhabited by Duwamish peoples who called it "Where One Chops." The Duwamish shared the forested banks, swamps, and inlets with bear, deer, otter, and mink. After Seattle was founded in the 1850s, Madison Park became a favorite picnic and recreational area. Judge John J. McGilvra (1827-1903), the area's first developer, purchased land and opened Madison Street at his own expense in 1864-1865. Today (2000) Madison Park is an affluent, end-of-the-carline residential district on Lake Washington which has a small, elegant shopping area.
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Seattle Neighborhoods: Mount Baker -- Thumbnail History
Seattle's Mount Baker community lies on Lake Washington southeast of downtown between the Leschi and Lakewood/Seward Park neighborhoods. This gentle hump above the lake, with views of the Cascade Range to the east and north across the lake and of the Rainier Valley and the Olympic Mountains to the west, is named for the North Cascades volcano whose 10,788-foot-high snow-covered dome dominates the distant northeast view. The area was a relative latecomer to the growth of Seattle, beginning as a site for sawmills when logging efforts moved south from older neighborhoods nearer downtown. Mount Baker did not emerge as a residential community until after 1905, when developer J. C. Hunter hired the Olmsted Brothers firm to design a park-like neighborhood of curving boulevards. Hunter set aside land for the Mount Baker Community Club, which has been a social and civic center for more than a century. In addition to its upscale residences, the area was home to Sicks' Stadium and the Seattle Rainiers baseball team for many years, and since the 1950s it has been the scene of annual hydroplane races on the lake. Despite the sometimes-noisy sporting events, Mount Baker has retained its reputation as a verdant upscale neighborhood of beautiful homes and grand views.
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Seattle Pilots Baseball Team
In April 1969, Seattle baseball fans got their first Major League baseball team. The Seattle Pilots had moved to town. On April 11, the Pilots shut out the Chicago White Sox, 7-0, in their temporary home at Sicks' Stadium, along Rainier Avenue. Plans were in the works for a modern domed stadium that would give the Pilots and Seattle a Major League presence. But within a year, the Pilots had moved to Milwaukee. It was their legacy that the Kingdome was built (eventually) and became the first home of the Seattle Mariners.
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Baseball club forms in Seattle in July 1872.
In July 1872, the first baseball club forms in Seattle. The club is called Dolly Varden, either after a colorful North Pacific fish or a Dicken's character, or both.
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Seattle's first professional baseball game is played on May 24, 1890.
On May 24, 1890, teams from Spokane Falls and from Seattle play Seattle's first professional baseball game at a new diamond at the end of Madison Street in Madison Park. Approximately 1,200 people "consisting of the very best element of the city" and "a large number of ladies" watch the "Seattles" best the "Spokanes," 11-8.
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The automobile ferry City of Edmonds makes its first run from Edmonds across Puget Sound to Kingston on May 20, 1923.
On Sunday morning, May 20, 1923, the automobile ferry City of Edmonds
makes its first run from Edmonds to Kingston, inaugurating a new route across Puget Sound. As regular service begins, the ferry is "exceptionally well patronized" by both walk-on passengers and automobiles (Edmonds Tribune-Review,
May 25, 1923). Within a few weeks an additional route across Hood Canal will make automobile traffic possible directly from Edmonds to the Olympic Peninsula.
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Babe Ruth hits three homers in an exhibition game at Dugdale Park in Seattle on October 19, 1924.
On October 19, 1924, George Herman "Babe" Ruth (1895-1948) hits three home runs in an exhibition game at Dugdale Park in Rainier Valley in Seattle. The Babe's visit to Seattle creates a huge sensation which is magnified by his powerful performance in the game. The next day, as a grand finale to his Seattle visit, he tosses autographed baseballs from atop the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Building to hundreds of delighted fans waiting eagerly in the street below.
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Dugdale Baseball Park burns on July 5, 1932.
On July 5, 1932, a fire destroys Dugdale Baseball Park in the Rainier Valley. The wooden structure is home to the Seattle Indians professional baseball club which moves to the Civic Stadium near Queen Anne Hill.
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African American professional baseball debuts in Seattle on June 1, 1946.
On June 1, 1946, African American professional baseball debuts in Seattle at Sicks' Stadium in front of 2,500 fans. The Seattle Steelheads split a double header against the San Diego Tigers as part of the new West Coast Negro Baseball League.
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Spokane Indians baseball team bus crash kills nine on Snoqualmie Pass on June 24, 1946.
On June 24, 1946, a bus carrying the Spokane Indians baseball team crashes on Snoqualmie Pass. Nine members of the team die and six are injured. The team was enroute to a game in Bremerton.
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Seattle University Chieftains, led by Johnny and Eddie O'Brien, defeat Harlem Globetrotters in a Seattle exhibition game on January 21, 1952.
On January 21, 1952, the Seattle University Chieftains stun the basketball world by defeating the Harlem Globetrotters by 84 to 81 during an exhibition game at the University of Washington's Hec Edmonson Pavilion. The SU squad is led by John and Ed O'Brien (b. 1931), "gold dust twins" recruited from Kansas by Chieftain coach Al Brightman in 1949. Other notable players on SU's integrated "United Nations team" include Wayne Sanford, Oscar Holden, and Ray Soo.
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Tacoma's new Cheney Stadium hosts first baseball game on April 16, 1960.
On April 16, 1960, the new Cheney Stadium hosts its first baseball game as the Tacoma Giants play their first home game. The new stadium replaces Cheney Field, which was purchased for the city of Tacoma by local businessman Ben Cheney in 1952. Heavy rains turn the playing field into a quagmire and Fort Lewis helicopters are used to help dry it out. The Giants split a double header with the Portland Beavers.
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Pilots play their first Major League baseball game on April 8, 1969.
On April 8, 1969, the Seattle Pilots play their first professional Major League baseball game. Playing in Anaheim, California they beat the California Angels in the season opener, 4-3.
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Pilots play their first home game at Sicks' Stadium in Seattle on April 11, 1969.
On April 11, 1969, 17,150 fans show up at Sicks' Stadium to watch the first Major League baseball game played in Seattle. The Seattle Pilots win their game against the Chicago White Sox, 7-0.
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American League declares Seattle's Sicks' Stadium inadequate on June 6, 1969.
On June 6, 1969, an American League inspector declares Sicks' Stadium, located along Rainier Avenue in the Central District, to be "inadequate," threatening the Seattle Pilots' baseball franchise.
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Seattle, King County, and State of Washington suspend lawsuit against baseball's American League on February 14, 1976, clearing way for Mariners.
On February 14, 1976, the City of Seattle, King County, and the State of Washington conditionally settle their joint lawsuit against the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The settlement is announced after the Seattle City Council, the last holdout, votes 7-1 to accept its terms. Under the agreement, the American League will expand, allotting a team to Seattle as a replacement for the ill-fated Seattle Pilots, who played only the 1969 season before being moved to Milwaukee, triggering the lawsuit. The case took nearly six years to come to trial, which then ran for about a month before settlement is reached. Rather than being dismissed, the legal action will be placed in abeyance pending the league's fulfillment of the settlement terms and the establishment of a new baseball team in Seattle. William L. Dwyer (1929-2002), a highly respected Seattle trial attorney who will later become a federal district court judge, represents the State and County in the suit.
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Seattle Mariners play their first baseball game in Seattle on April 6, 1977.
On April 6, 1977, the Seattle Mariners play their first baseball game in Seattle. They meet the California Angels in the Kingdome and lose 7-0.
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Major League Baseball All-Stars play in Seattle on July 17, 1979.
On July 17, 1979, the Major League Baseball All-Stars play in the Kingdome. The best players of the National and American Leagues compete in an annual baseball tradition that began in 1933. The National League wins, 7-3.
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E. Donnall Thomas shares Nobel Prize in Medicine on October 8, 1990.
On October 8, 1990, E. Donnall Thomas, M.D. (1920-2012) is awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine. The award honors the Bellevue resident for some 40 years of research on bone marrow transplantation, much of which was conducted at the Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute. Dr. Thomas shares the 1990 Nobel Prize with Joseph E. Murray, M.D., of Boston, who developed related therapies to retard tissue rejection in organ transplants.
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A group of local investors announces plans to buy the Seattle Mariners on January 23, 1992.
On January 23, 1992, a group of local investors led by a Japanese billionaire announces plans to buy the Seattle Mariners, which would thwart a plan to move the team to Florida. Calling itself the Baseball Club of Seattle, the group has members mostly from Nintendo of America, Microsoft, and McCaw Cellular Communications. But the biggest investor by far is Hiroshi Yamauchi (1927-2103), head of Nintendo in Japan. Major League Baseball'S commissioner cites a policy opposing foreign investment. Getting the necessary approval takes nearly six months, but finally the sale is completed and the new owners are able to declare the Mariners "Safe at Home."
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Seattle City Council approves Magnuson Park-Sand Point plan on November 22, 1993.
On November 22, 1993, the Seattle City Council approves Community Preferred Reuse Plan for Sand Point. The ambitious and somewhat controversial plan covers 151 acres of the former naval base and includes incorporation of some areas to the existing Warren G. Magnuson Park, while other areas would be used as education and community activity areas, arts and cultural centers, and housing for the homeless and for people with low incomes.
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Voters reject a stadium for the Seattle Mariners on September 19, 1995.
On September 19, 1995, King County voters reject subsidy taxes to build a new stadium for the Seattle Mariners Baseball Club. The promise of a new stadium is a bid to keep the Mariners from being sold. After the vote, team
owners threaten to sell the team if a new stadium is not approved. The State Legislature then approves new taxes for a stadium, which is completed in 1999.
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Seattle Mariners win the American League West pennant on October 2, 1995.
On October 2, 1995, the Seattle Mariners win the American League Western Division Championship with a record of 79 wins against 66 losses. In the American League Division Series, they best the New York Yankees, three games out of five. The Cleveland Indians win the league championship by beating the Mariners, four games out of six.
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25 Years Later: Veteran Idealist Frank Ruano Speaks Out about the Kingdome
This is an interview of Frank Ruano (1920-2005), an outspoken critic of Seattle's Kingdome stadium, which opened on March 27, 1976, and was imploded on March 26, 2000. The interview was conducted in Seattle by HistoryLink's Heather MacIntosh in March 2000.
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Eric Flom Remembers the All-Star Game in the Kingdome -- July 17, 1979
In this People's History, avid baseball fan Eric Flom gives a play by play account of the thrilling All-Star game played on July 17, 1979 at the Kingdome. He was 11 at the time.
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Harvey, Noble George (1873-1952)
Noble Harvey was the son of Snohomish County pioneers John and Christina Noble Harvey. He lived his entire life around the city of Snohomish, which he did much to develop. This account of his life and family and the Snohomish area was written in 1985 by his son, Eldon Harvey, and was provided by Eldon's daughter, Donna Harvey.
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Jack Lelivelt, manager of the Rainiers baseball team, speaks to Royal Brougham, 1938
This is a Seattle Post-Intelligencer
interview of Jack Lelivelt (1885-1941), legendary manager of the Rainiers baseball team, conducted in September 1938 by Royal Brougham (1894-1978). In 1937, Emil Sick purchased the struggling Pacific Coast League Seattle Indians franchise, built Sicks' Stadium, and christened the new team the Seattle Rainiers. In 1938, Fred Hutchinson (1919-1964) won 25 games and was named the minor league Player of the Year. The Rainiers played until 1964. The interview appeared on September 8, 1938, and is taken from Vol. 1 of Fred Hutchinson's scrapbooks, which may be seen in the archives of Seattle's Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI accession 1990.7). The interview was transcribed by Lorraine C. McConaghy, Ph.D., historian at MOHAI.
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Pilots and Mariners
In this reflection, Bart Wright traces the links between Seattle's first Major League ball team -- the Seattle Pilots -- and the Mariners.
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Selling Hotdogs at a Seattle Rainiers Game: A Baseball Reminiscence (1941)
William J. "Bill" Nass (1924-1986) was born to German immigrant parents, Julius and Margaret Nass, and grew up with a love of baseball and near Sicks' Stadium. While attending high school Bill had a part time job as a "hustler" at the stadium during Seattle Rainiers baseball home games. This essay describes a shift when he was selling hotdogs. It was dated December 5, 1941 (two days before Pearl Harbor changed life in Seattle forever), and was written as an assignment for Franklin High School Comp. IV, period 7:45. Bill was a senior at the time and received an A+. It was submitted to HistoryLink.org by his daughter, Kathi Ciskowski, of Eastsound, Washington.
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Sicks' Stadium (Seattle) in the 1930s: a Reminiscence
In this account, Sally Flood remembers the games at Seattle's Sicks' Stadium in the late 1930s.
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Sicks' Stadium: The Other Days of Summer by William J. Nass
William J. "Bill" Nass (1924-1986) grew up with a love of baseball near Seattle's Sicks' Stadium. He wrote this baseball reminiscence in 1981 after the demolition of the stadium. Bill Nass lived in Washington all his life, and remained a baseball fan to the end. An edited version of "The Other Days of Summer" was published in Puget Sound Mail
on November 24, 1981, but this is the original, unedited version It was submitted to HistoryLink.org by his daughter, Kathi Ciskowski, of Eastsound, Washington.
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Turning Point 12: From Cranks to Fans: Seattle's Long Love Affair with Baseball
The 12th essay in HistoryLink's Turning Points series for The Seattle Times
reviews the history of professional baseball in Seattle. It begins with the first pro game, played on May 24, 1890, covers the golden ages of regional play at Dugdale Park and Sicks' Stadium, and traces the brief career of the Pilots and the Mariners' ascent to the best record in Major League baseball in the first half of the 2001 season. This article, by David Wilma, with David Eskenazi and Walt Crowley, was published on July 10, 2001, to coincide with the 72nd All Star game at Safeco Field.
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