Tales from the Seattle Mariners Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Mariners Stories Ever Told

Tales from the Seattle Mariners Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Mariners Stories Ever Told

by Kirby Arnold

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Tales from the Seattle Mariners Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Mariners Stories Ever Told by Kirby Arnold

Larry Andersen, Richie Zisk, and Joe Simpson made sure that everywhere bewildered manager Rene Lachemann went during the 1982 season, some Jell-O was sure to follow—from his hotel bathroom sink, tub, and toilet (filled to the brim) to a postgame can of beer. Jay Buhner, one of the stars in the Seattle Mariners’ 1995 “Refuse to Lose” season, maintained the team's proud, prank-filled history well into the ’90s with his “blurping”—vomiting on command.

It’s a good thing Mariners players had senses of humor, because for many years the play on the field wasn't going to keep their spirits high, as the team lost a combined 202 games over their first two seasons. Twelve consecutive losing campaigns later, they finally posted a winning record in 1991. Four years later, they won their first division title and then their first playoff series.

This reissue of Tales from the Seattle Mariners Dugout , now newly revised, chronicles Seattle's rise from a hopeless and hapless franchise in the 1970s and ’80s to a proud team in the 1990s that went on to capture three division championships and earn four playoff appearances. It’s a must-read walk down memory lane for every fan of the team.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613216460
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Series: Tales from the Team Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,290,036
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kirby Arnold wrote and edited for 42 years, 27 of which he spent at The Herald in Everett, Washington. His stories and sections won several awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, and his career at The Herald spanned much of the history of the Seattle Mariners, who he covered from 1999-2011.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Baseball in Seattle 1

Chapter 2 A Rocky Beginning 8

Chapter 3 Lowlights, Highlights, and a Cast of Characters 19

Chapter 4 Travel Travails 29

Chapter 5 When All Else Fails, Give Something Away 36

Chapter 6 Dave Niehaus 44

Chapter 7 Young Stars Emerge; Victories Don't 51

Chapter 8 Bizarre Moments on and Off the Field 60

Chapter 9 How the Mariners Almost Passed on Ken Griffey Jr. 67

Chapter 10 Turning Losers into Winners 82

Chapter 11 Lou Piniella 91

Chapter 12 Poised for a Championship 103

Chapter 13 The Rise to a Championship 118

Chapter 14 Building a Winner Without Johnson, Junior, A-Rod 139

Chapter 15 The Japanese Connection 153

Chapter 16 The Record 2001 Season 158

Chapter 17 Fade From Contention 176

Epilogue 184

Index 186

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Kirby Arnold wrote and edited for 42 years, 27 of which he spent at The Herald in Everett, Washington. His stories and sections won several awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, and his career at The Herald spanned much of the history of the Seattle Mariners, who he covered from 1999-2011.

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