09/16/2011 07:53 EDT | Updated 11/16/2011 05:12 EST

Mariners unveil first statue in club history honouring broadcaster Dave Niehaus

SEATTLE - The Seattle Mariners are honouring late Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus with the first statue in franchise history.

The statue was unveiled Friday. The image is of Niehaus, who was the Mariners' lead broadcaster from the first game in franchise history through the end of the 2010 season, sitting behind a desk wearing a headset, with a scorebook and microphone on the desktop. The scorebook is open to the page of Seattle's memorable Game 5 victory over the New York Yankees in the 1995 American League Divisional Series.

The statue also has an empty seat next to Niehaus allowing fans to sit next to the broadcaster.

The statue was created by Chicago artist Lou Cella.