MLB.com has a cool story (with video that can’t yet be embedded, this being MLB) that discusses the ongoing work of sculptor Lou Cella as he completes a rendering of beloved longtime Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus, who died Nov. 10. Cella is halfway finished with a clay foundation which will then be cast in bronze. The Mariners plan to install the sculpture in the outfield concourse at Safeco Field sometime in September.
The piece has Niehaus sitting at a broadcast desk with his scorebook opened to the game of Oct. 8, 1995. You might recall that as “The Double” game by Edgar Martinez. Cella used Niehaus’ actual scorebook and the engraving is a clear reproduction of his actual notes and scoring from that memorable day.
Fans will be able to sit next to Niehaus on the bench on the sculpture, as the Mariners want it to be an interactive piece given Niehaus’ open relationship with fans around the Pacific Northwest.