The Seattle Mariners
Are you a big baseball fan? Then the Seattle Mariners probably do not need that much introduction. However, for those who are just getting acquainted with the sports, knowing the most important details about the teams is necessary to better understand the game.
The Seattle Mariners is a member team of the Major League Baseball. This Seattle-based team is in the West Division of the American League. The Seattle Mariners' existence was not a planned thing. The team was actually a consequence of a 1970 lawsuit for breach of contract filed by the City of Seattle, King County, and the State of Washington, headed by attorney general Slade Gorton, against the American League. The complainants asked for $32 million in damages as a result of the purchase and transfer of the Seattle Pilots to Milwaukee. The lawsuit went on until 1976 when the American League proposed an expansion baseball franchise to Seattle in exchange for dropping the charges. The Seattle Mariners' franchise, as well as that of the Toronto Blue Jays, was finalized in 1976. The Pilots, whose name was changed to Brewers, played for the competitor -- the National League.
The Seattle Mariners made their sold-out debut game on April 6, 1977. The Kingdome, which was originally considered as the home of the Seattle Pilots, was the venue of the Seattle Mariners' first game. Despite the crowd of 57,762, it still lost to the California Angels at 7-0. The period from the 70's to 80's was not a good one for the Seattle Mariners. It finished last or nearly last in ten out of its initial thirteen seasons in its division. The Seattle Mariners never had a winning season until1991.
Even with the presence of star players, the Seattle Mariners still performed poorly and went on to lose more games. Its first winning season happened in 1991, but was only enough to let the team finish 5th place. Although 1994 marked the team's better luck, fate had to bring in another trick. Ceiling tiles went crashing down from the roof of the Kingdome. This prompted the team to go on road trips - its longest one ever - with 20 games within 21 days. The team felt that being together during the road trips and managing to look beyond all the challenges have greatly helped in making them achieve their 1995-season success.
The Seattle Mariners is owned by Nintendo of America. While the team has its own Mariners Hall of Famers such as Dave Niehaus, Alvin Davis, and Jay Buhner, only one player made it to the Baseball Hall of Fame - Gaylord Perry (1982-1983). Despite all the misfortunes that the team went through, it still is holding on with that 'refusing to give up' attitude.