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12/02/10 7:50 PM EST
Buhner, Wilson to help honor Niehaus
By Greg Johns / MLB.com
SEATTLE -- Former Mariners players Jay Buhner and Dan Wilson will be among the speakers on Dec. 11 at the "Celebration of Life" service for Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus at Safeco Field. Also scheduled to speak are Mariners president Chuck Armstrong and former broadcast partners Rick Rizzs and Ron Fairly, as well as two of Niehaus' children, Andy Niehaus and Greta Niehaus-Dunn. Marlaina Lieberg, a member of the Washington Council of the Blind who helped honor Niehaus with the One World Award in 2004 for his ability to help bring the baseball experience to those who can't see the game, will speak on behalf of the fans. There will also be recorded messages from Ken Griffey Jr. and broadcast peers Marty Brennamen, Joe Garagiola Jr., Ken Levine, Jon Miller and Vin Scully, as well as the Navy Band Northwest's performance of the national anthem. The one-hour ceremony will start at 1:10 p.m. PT, just as an afternoon baseball game at Safeco Field, with gates opening at noon. The event will be free to the public and complimentary coffee and hot chocolate will be available as well as free parking in the Safeco Field garage. Niehaus, the Mariners' play-by-play man since their inception in 1977, died of a heart attack on Nov. 10 at age 75. Niehaus was enshrined at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008 and broadcast 5,284 of the Mariners' 5,385 games during his 34-year career.