#ILoveSafecoField – Dave Niehaus Statue
Last week’s Mariners Hall of Fame induction brings to mind the wonderfully lifelike statue of Mariners Hall of Famer and Baseball Hall of Fame Ford C. Frick Award winner Dave Niehaus.
Each game, thousands of fans make their pilgrimage to right field of the Main Concourse at Safeco Field to see Dave’s statue. Chicago artist Lou Cella did a masterful job of capturing the spirit and likeness of Dave. And it’s no wonder—Cella is one of the best at the art of tribute statues. He created realistic images of Harry Caray, Ernie Harwell, Carlton Fisk, Ernie Banks, Clark Gable and more.
For Dave’s statue, Cella poured over thousands of photos, spent time talking to Dave’s wife Marilyn, his friends and coworkers, he even studied Dave’s wardrobe and scorebook. Cella’s interpretation of Dave includes his favorite necktie (with a pattern of little baseballs), and Dave’s trademark loafers (if the statue was in color instead of bronze, you know they’d be white). He also featured a classic page from Dave’s scorebook—Game 5 of the 1995 American League Division Series.
Next time you’re at Safeco Field, head out to right field and take a seat beside Dave and feel the spirit of our Hall of Famer surround you.