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COULD "THE CATCH" SIGNAL THE END FOR BASEBALL IN SEATTLE?
Published May 31, 1995
Ken Griffey Jr.'s catch that resulted in wide praise and a broken wrist Friday could be disastrous for local efforts to pass a referendum in King County to build a new stadium for the Mariners, according to many reports. In this morning's N.Y. TIMES, Timothy Egan writes that with Griffey's injury "went many hopes for building a new stadium ... and maybe even for keeping major league baseball in the Pacific Northwest." Egan calls Griffey the "not-so-secret weapon" in supporters' fight to convince voters to approve a referendum on a tax for the new park (N.Y. TIMES, 5/31). In Denver, Tracy Ringolsby writes, "Baseball will recover, but will Seattle? This is a city that is on a baseball life support system" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 5/31). Hal Bodley calls Griffey's injury "devastating," and writes that "seldom has one player meant so much to so many aspects of the game" (USA TODAY, 5/31). In St. Louis, Bernie Miklasz calls Friday's event "one small catch for man, on giant leap backward for baseball" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 5/31). In Seattle, Laura Vescey profiles Orlando's Norton Herrick, who would be interested in moving the Mariners to Orlando. Vescey, on local support for the stadium referendum: "Joe Namath had more support wearing those women's stockings than the proposal for the Mariners' new stadium has received so far in Seattle" (SEATTLE POST- INTELLIGENCER, 5/28).