Dick's Baseball Memories

At Dick’s Drive-In, we’ve been major league baseball fans just like you since professional baseball first arrived in Seattle in 1969 and then returned for good in 1977. The crack of the bat and the sizzle of a delicious burger, hand-cut fry and freshly dipped milkshake is one of our favorite traditions.

 We are excited to feature some of our customers’ memories and would love to feature YOU & your favorite baseball/burger memories too. To submit a memory click the link below to fill out your name, email, written memory or photo so we can share them with the Seattle Baseball faithful.

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Efren Edwards

In Seattle in the 1950s, many young Filipino boys like my dad and uncles would go to Sick’s Stadium to watch their hero, a slick fielding outfielder named Bobby Balcena who played for the minor league Seattle Rainiers. He was hugely popular in the growing Filipino community along the West coast in a time when they were looking for hero’s that looked like them in mainstream American sports. My uncles still talk about meeting Balcena at a meet and greet event at the long gone Hong Kong restaurant in the Seattle Chinatown Intrrnational district. And the whole community celebrated when Balcena was called up to the big leagues Cincinnati Reds, becoming the first Asian American to make it in the MLB. When my dad talked of Balcena when I was growing up, there was an excitement in his voice that brought him back to when he was a kid again. Baseball is such a great sport and has such a lasting impact, like Bobby Balcena had on so many in the Filipino community so long ago.

Philip R Isernio

I was in the Kingdom the first game Ken Griffey played in saw is first at bat hitting a home run over the left field fence.

Wendi Lynagh

One of the loudest nights of baseball—wooden bat night giveaway at the Kingdome. Bats hitting the concrete floor sounded like thunder. We were more than ready for our after-game stop at Dick’s. Don’t remember who the Mariners played, but can’t forget my go-to order (still), two cheeseburgers, a fry, and a chocolate shake.

Carrie Schellpfeffer

Blanket hoodie night!! And the moose playing with my daughter Lucy’s hair!!

Wick Newell

My Aunt Thelma Newell in 1924 and her Bellingham Baseball Team.

Jake Heffner

My wife and I have been through the dog days of mariner baseball. We met working across the street working together at a restaurant. Went to many games. This was the best day. The first playoff game in over 20 years. Even though they lost it was worth it all to see that atmosphere.

Adrienne Egenes

We love Seattle & the Mariners so much we had our engagement photos taken at the ballpark.  After an M’s win, we’ll often go for a celebratory Dick’s Deluxe & shake on the way home.  GO MARINERS!

Tyler Dixon

When I was a little kid playing in the North King County Little League I would always go to the little league day games. One year I went with my grandma who was a big Ichiro fan, we stopped at dicks on the way to the game and I got a hamburger (back then I was always sad I couldn’t get it just with ketchup but grew to love mustard on burgers)… I remember walking around the warning track with her, I think it was after the game, and she touched the grass in right field and giggled and said, Ichiro steps there, I remember looking at her and said, “Yeah, and he spits there too grandma!” My grandma Louise is the reason I love Seattle sports to this day.

Chris Johnson

Me and my bro in the Summer of 1979 sporting our fresh ‘79 All-Star game T’s!!! We were also members of the OG Jr. Mariners Club!

David Hanson

Ice cream sundae in a plastic baseball cap at the game and Dicks after the game

Robert Shapanus

I was in the NY Yankee locker room in 1977 at age 8, my uncle was an equipment manager for many teams, and I saw my hero Thurmond Munson naked. Priceless. Bigger stories if win and many more.

Michael Takayoshi

I’ve been a Mariners fan since I was little, and strangely I’ve always seemed to miss big moments. I wanted to go to a game my Little League team was supposed to go to but my Dad didn’t want to go and that turned out to be Randy Johnson throwing the first no-hitter in Mariners history. I remember leaving the game in 1995 when Ken Griffey Jr hit the game-winning HR to start the comeback that eventually got us into the playoff game against the Angels. So, last year, I made sure that my 8-year-old son and I went to the Mariners’ playoff game and stayed the whole time! And even though we lost, we celebrated an unforgettable night with Dicks on Lake City.

La Rae Denney

Saying “cheeseburger and fries!” for their photo at Mariner’s FanFest, because that’s where we were going afterward.

AnnMichelle Hart

My most memorable moment in baseball was standing on the playground in elementary school during recess listening to a transistor radio while Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record. We jumped around as if we were watching it in the stadium. Baseball came alive for me that day. Been a fan ever since.

Bill Cook

In 1967 my Dad took me to the All-Star game at Angel Stadium. In 1979 I took him to the All-Star game at the Kingdome. He died a couple weeks later. I am so happy we had those times together! This year I will finally be able to take my son to the All-Star game in Seattle!! Looking forward to a great time! Below is my ticket from 1967. Lost the one from 79.

Victor Scharich

As a regular Dick’s customer and lover of baseball, I spent many a day with my dad and sometimes my cousins from Portland at a Rainier’s game and then Pilots games a Sick’s stadium always making sure we stopped by Dick’s for food going to or coming home from a game, then when we lost the pilots and had to wait for the Mariners to hit town we still fancied Dick’s burgers, fries and shakes then my dad who was even a bigger lover of baseball got the family business healthy he want season tickets for the M’s and we got 4 seats front row the box behind third base and had those until dad retired and move closer to his family in Oregon. Now when I come to town to see my kids I still stop by my Lake City shop for a bite. Also my whole family was at the last All-Star game in Seattle and would like the chance to go to this one. I’m sitting here tying this in my October RISE t-shirt. Thanks for the burgers and the memories!!

Michael Ballou

My daughter made this picture for the Dave Niehaus memorial at Safeco Field.  We set somebody else’s ball there to hold the picture down and it fit perfectly!! Dave holds generations of really good memories in all of our lives!!

Janine Chandler

For my 12th birthday, my mom took me and a friend to a Mariners game. She surprised me with notifying the stadium it was my birthday and the Moose showed up to high-five me and give me a little swag! It was so neat! We always get ice cream during the 7th inning stretch as well. So it was just a wonderful birthday!

Jed Wright

“I have been a Mariners fan my entire life. I remember it like it was yesterday. I would enjoy weekends at Lake Cushman, with my family. We always had the radio on, listening to the Mariners. A fire was cracking in the background, the BBQ was on with burgers sizzling. It was the best when we heard the crack of a baseball on the radio.

When we were home, we would have the ballgame on the TV, and I was lucky enough to attend multiple games throughout the years.

So grateful for the memories I have of burgers and baseball.”

Jeff Taylor

It was my son McKade’s first time seeing the Mariners and Edgar Martinez hit three home runs. (in the Kingdome) We started our tradition of celebrating on the way home by stopping at Dicks.

Melissa Bottemiller

“My husband took me to a Mariners game and afterwards we had plans to go have more fun, but he said “reach in my pocket “ and he had a diamond ring, proposed to me so sweetly. We’re married 20 years now this August”

Scott Sanders

My baseball memory that sticks in my mind the most is from the late 80s. My uncle who worked for Nintendo at the time took me to my first baseball game ever.  We sat next to the press box right on the edge.  Alvin Davis came up to bat with 2 on in the 8th and my uncle made me scream out in my best (Dave from the chipmunks) voice “Alvin”. The next pitch was hit to deep left field for a 3-run blast to take the lead and eventually beat the White Sox. Ever since that day I have been a die-hard Mariners fan and became a season ticket holder myself in 2017

Paul Somerstein

“My grandfather took me to the 1989 home opener in the Kingdome, which happened to be Ken Griffey, Jr.’s first appearance in Seattle.I was seven years old and just starting to understand the game of baseball – I had gotten really into it the previous year thanks to Jose Canseco’s 40/40 year (I know, I know).I was sitting, mitt in hand, and my grandfather tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Hey kid, see this guy coming up to bat? His name is Ken Griffey. One day, years from now, you’ll tell your children you saw his first at-bat in Seattle.”Almost immediately, I turned around to see Griffey hit his first career home run. My love for baseball and Ken Griffey Jr. was cemented  forever.”

Curtis Grenfell

As a kid that was born in the 90s, I don’t remember a lot about the great teams we had during that first 5 year period. However, my grandfather used to work for the Mariners so we went to Mariners games all the time. My most memorable baseball moment was when they were playing the Red Sox at Safeco Field at the time on July 10th, 2013. I was sitting out in Right Field with my cousin and David Ortiz was a hit away from breaking the Major League DH Hits Record. He did so in the 2nd inning with a double. To see the standing ovation he got from a visiting stadium was truly something special, especially since Seattle had one of the other great Designated Hitters in baseball history in Edgar Martinez. In the next inning, David Ortiz hit a home run that came out to Right Field. It bounced off my cousin’s hand and I just remember running like crazy to find where it landed. As I went up the stairs it came right down and fell into my hands. I HAD THE BALL AFTER THE ALL-TIME DH HIT! How sweet it would have been to be able to have the actual ball where he set the record but that day I just remember not being able to stop smiling the rest of the way home. The atmosphere that Seattle fans have is like non-other and I am so glad to call the PNW my home. SODO MOJO!!

Kellie Cooper

 I remember as a kid the Mariners teamed up with Pepsi in the first few seasons, my mom signed me up and we got general admission tickets to I believe 3 games. It also came with different items, one year they were Pepsi wristbands and I would wear them to all the games. Then in Junior High school, the Seattle Times offered two 100-level tickets if kids had over a 3.2 GPA, we had to mail in a copy of our report cards, then had a choice between 3 games. I have been a fan of the Mariners since 1977.

Lorin Sandretzky

I remember when I was young going to Mariners games in the Kingdome and buying $5 seats in the Cloud Crowd 200 level left field and we’d always try to get the attention of the visitor’s left fielders oftentimes they’d throw us a ball but the real fun began after the game when we’d get to go to Dick’s Drive-In for a burger, shake and those wonderful fries!! My pops would always laugh when I dipped my fries in my chocolate milkshake!! Still do it to this day!! Dick’s fan for LIFE!! Wish I had a picture but back then we didn’t have cell phones!!

Chris Holmer

“I grew up in the 70s and 80s as a pioneering Mariners baseball fan.   Pat Putnam, Spike Owen, Micky Brantley and Alvin Davis were some of my favorites before Griffey joined the team in 89. Year after year, they lost more than they won, yet still some of my fondest childhood memories came from this team.My friends and I knocking on Mickey Brantley’s, door with cards in hand, hoping he would answer and not tell us to beat it. Instead, he let us in and became my first big-league buddy.The luck of being there and standing for every pitch over the final two innings of Bosio’s No-No.Going to the game with my dad, and watching Griffey’s, second career home run sail over the fence in center field. The day after he had hit one in his first game at the Kingdome, the night before.

My favorite Mariners memory came just 3 weeks ago. I went to the Mariners vs Cardinals game, with my 13 yr old son Lukas, who loves getting there early to shag home run balls in the stands. Over the years he has managed to fill our BP bucket, with all the balls he’s corralled out there. It frustrates him when the balls fall in between the fence and the bleachers, leaving a precious souvenir unclaimed. So the day prior to this game, he invented a ball grabber. Knowing that only certain items are allowed into the stadium, he had to be creative. So he figured out that a sharpie pen, placed in the pocket of his glove, to prop it open and a rubber band stretched in a figure 8 would allow a baseball through when dropped on top of it. Then, hold it in when the glove is raised. He attached a 20ft string to the invention and practiced dropping it on a ball place below our balcony, and it worked, to my surprise.

The next day, he packed his sharpie, rubber band and string, along with his glove, to go to the ballpark.About halfway through BP, a ball falls behind the centerfield wall. Lukas pushes through the crowd and locates the ball. He takes out the sharpie, rubber band, then ties the string to his glove. Over the railing he lowers his invention. Everyone is watching him in disbelief, trying to figure out why this kid just chucked his glove over the railing after a baseball, as I stand back from the crowd. Then to all their surprise up comes the glove, baseball neatly tucked into the pocket, between the rubber and sharpie. Everyone cheered! I was so proud! He’s such a smart kid and an incredible problem-solver. Sorry Griffey, you’re now number two in my greatest Mariner memory book.”

Edward Mayer

Watching the sonics, beat Washington for the NBA championship

Mike Burkhart

I remember being 6 years old and I couldn’t even reach the counter but I would love to watch the workers work and thought I was fascinating now I teach my kids the same love dicks

Jonathan Joseph

I grew up in the Seattle area and only left to pursue my now wife to Chicago. We came back to Seattle in 2016 right for my wife’s favorite team to make it to the world series. We roared and cheered that I am sure our whole apartment knew we were Cubs fans.

Brent Silver

During Covid, I once enjoyed a Dick’s deluxe burger with fries and watched the Mariners game at home on TV.  It was still a home run for me, gourmet style! 🙂

Wendy Burfitt

When the Mariners won their 1st West Division Title in 1995.

Dan Wilson

“1) In the kingdoms I went and saw Chris Bosio toss a no-hitter for the Mariners.

2) the 1995 playoff when we beat the Yankees in part thanks to ex-Yankee Jay Buhner!!!

3) when Black Jack McDowell came out in the ninth as did Randy Johnson in relief!!! I lost my voice for two days I screamed so loud and long”

Chris Webster

Before the Mariner game vs the Cardinals we ate at Queen Ann Blvd Dick’s Restaurant. Great time!

Coby Zeifman

Fan Appreciation Day, 1995. Dan Wilson, Joey Cora & Luis Sojo shaking hands with fans in the Kingdome.

Kyle Ramuta

I can remember the best time playing little baseball as a kid & the best way to get autographs from baseball players growing up was at the king dome. & I only was lucky enough to get one autograph when they build Safeco field & now it’s called T-Mobile PARK. It’s so very hard to autographs anymore these days still growing up.

Chuck Albany

When I was little and my dad took me to my first game walking up the stairs behind home plate at Sicks Stadium and smelling the fresh cut grass and seeing that green field hooked me for life

Marc Pease

I would go to Dick’s on Lower Queen Anne for cheeseburgers and fries before playing games all over Seattle in the 70s, was the taste to get a player going and after the wins and a few losses returning for more! Playball at Dick’s! ❤️⚾️

Charles Steimle

Ken Griffey Jr little league bunt, what is it a foul ball or a fair ball.

Timothy Johnson

“As a Seattle native, I grew up on baseball and Dick’s.  I was fortunate enough to live above the old Sick’s Stadium for 6 years in my youth.  My father was A Seattle Police officer who worked the Pilot’s games during his off-duty Rome back in ’69. My favorite memory was going to the bat night game with my brother, scoring a couple of bats a piece and going to Dick’s on Broadway after the game for burgers and shakes and a memory to cherish forever. Thanks for neon a part of my childhood and continuing to be a part of Seattle.

Chelsea Corbin

As a young girl, my grandfather was my biggest supporter of my playing sports. He was an avid Mariners fan. He always bought our family tickets to the Kingdome so we could experience the games together. For every grandchild he had, he wanted them to experience a real home run ( even on games when there were none). For mine, Ken Griffey Junior was up to bat, and hit the ball. All of a sudden I hear a clunk in my seat. There it was a real baseball. My grandfather cheered as if a miracle has just happened. A real Ken Griffey home run?! I grabbed the ball and screamed, ” I got it”. Years later I found out my grandfather had strategically dropped a brand new baseball behind my seat to make it look like a home run. I’ll never forget it. What a special memory. He did this for all 9 grandchildren.

Gary Laws

“I went to a Mariners home game and arrived early enough to make my way down on the front row by 1st base for batting practice. I brought my glove from high school to the game, more out of fandom than anything……..not ever expecting to actually use it. As I was anxiously hoping a foul ball would be hit in my direction, one came really close. Initially the ball looked to be heading away from me, but it soon started to hook in my direction. I stuck out my glove in a crowd of many others trying to score that sacred souvenir……..but I never felt it hit my glove. As I looked around to see who caught, nobody knew……they were wondering where the ball went? I then had a tingle in my neck telling me to look in my glove……and there it was! I had no idea I’d caught it, and triumphantly yelled out……I GOT IT!!!”

Rod Hamlin

On May 8th and 9th, 1981, Tom Paciorek of the Mariners hit walk-off game-winning home runs in back-to-back games. Something that may never happen again.

Adam Guardipee

The year was 1995 I was a sophomore in high school when the Mariners went on their unbelievable run. The series against the Yankees started tragic but the Mariners battled back to force a game 5. Mariners found themselves down 5 to 4 in the bottom of the 11th inning after Joey Cora reached on a bunt and Griffey singled that’s when Edgar Martinez stepped to the plate with Black Jack McDowell pitching and no one in the pen. I had half the hs football team over when Edgar hit the double we piled on each other like the Ms did.

Scott Howe

September 2001 Usher Husky Stadium Tunnel 9. An amazing beautiful woman going back to her seats 9/23/2001. Never met her before asked her out, complete strangers. First date 09/28/2001. We stopped for a bag of Dick’s on the way to game.  9/28/2002 we got married. Team Jersey’s to leave wedding for the airport. November 2003 first child. Still together two boys, two dogs, and a cat 21 years later.

Jojo Jaxon

I was eating dicks, when the Mariners, ate Dick’s on this walk of homerun by Yordan Alvarez

Tad Doviak

In 2011 I decided to take my oldest son to the hydro races in Seattle. The first thing we see as we walk in is Edgar Martinez signing autographs and taking photos with fans. I grew up with Edgar as a key member of the Mariners in the 90’s and I had one jersey, number 11. That was only the 2nd best moment of the day, though, because that night my 2nd and 3rd oldest sons were born!

Daniel Albert

My father was a great dad. Growing up in north Seattle close to the Dick’s in lake city the two of us attended many Mariners games with a run to Dick’s either before or after the game. There is however one memory that stands out above all others. In early September of 1976, my dad came home from work and asked if I wanted to go stand in line at the Kingdome the night before tickets were set to go on sale in the morning for the newly formed expansion Seattle Mariners, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. So on the evening of September 12th my mom packed some sandwiches and sodas inside our Coleman cooler and the adventure began. We arrived downtown at around 8pm and were surprised to see that our place in line was only 10 people from the front. Spending the night on a cold concrete sidewalk with only a blanket and pillow might seem terrible for most 11-year-old kids but as it happens it became my favorite memory among my many, many memories with my dad. We spent the entire night talking baseball and fishing until I believe my eyes finally closed at around 2am. Enclosed is a picture of my first-nighter certificate I received on opening day in 1977 to this day it is my most prized possession.

Travis Lems

Being at the Ms game last spring and seeing them clinch a playoff spot!!!

Timothy206 Anderson

My little brother.. watching him play for Issaquah high school. winning the 2004 king co. championship.. also, when he went to Bellevue College and won two championships. baseball. genius. watching and supporting my brother was an awesome experience. He went to Hawaii Hilo on a baseball scholarship

Amie Nikula

My son got a baseball from a Mariner during batting practice before the game

John Hayes

Sick’s Stadium-My dad, cousin and I are enjoying Pilots’ Dollar Monday outfield seats. Vendors walk by selling their food items. I look over at my father with pleading eyes. He looks down at me with a smile on his face. “Remember, he says, where we are going after the game”?  A smile crosses my face and I reply with one word, ” Dick’s“!

Joanna Schoettler

“On Halloween ~1979, I wanted to be a Seattle Mariner and wear someone’s uniform. My mom was a founding member of the Seattle Mariners Women’s  Club, so knew who to call and contacted Fred Gonzalez, Sr, the Team Cluhouse Manager. Fred happily help me find a player’s jersey and found a Leon Robert’s jersey and a shorter person’s pants. I was thrilled to change in Darrell Johnson’s office.  My mom was from MA, so had been a Boston Red Sox fan and saw her first baseball game at Fenway when she was 12 years old!  Dressing in Darrell Johnson’s office had even more importance. Once I got my outfit on, I innocently asked for a cup, I wanted the whole thing!  Fred, an old-fashioned Italian, said, seriously, yah, seriously, he laughed and refused.  He thought it was the most hilarious thing. He laughed and joked with other Kingdom staff as he escorted me to my car, and ” She wanted a Cup” and they’d all laugh!

Other story, around 1980, I belonged to the AAA Seattle Office Girl’s Softball Team. We won the Seattle Parks & Rec Women’s Team Championship that year. During the AAA Special Night, the team got Front Row Seats. I’m the one with hands up and excited about the Play!” Michael Kubisky My first memory of Seattle Baseball is when I was five or six years old I was on a Little League team and we go to the baseball game in the Kingdome and walk around the bases. I believe it was Ken Griffey JR’s very first home game with the team. I followed Ken Griffey JR and the team ever since the memory and have been a fan of the team ever since then.

Krista Wittman

My favorite Dick’s Drive-In inspired baseball memory was about 4 or 5 years ago!  I was watching my son’s baseball game at Jane Addams, near the Lake City Dick’s Drive-In.  Halfway through the game, a family came with a bag of Dick’s burgers and started eating while the game was playing.  My mouth was watering and I then decided we would have dinner at Dick’s.  After the game, we went to get our own burgers and almost the whole team was there unplanned with their families.  Everyone said that the smell of the burgers at the game was so mouthwatering that they had to get their own!  It was amazing and hilarious at the same time!

Also, Dick’s Drive-In plays a huge role in North Seattle Baseball, as every time we go after games, you’re guaranteed to see multiple other families in line! Thank you for the great memories!

Joe Wolter

August 15th, 2012 – a friend and I were chilling near the Lower Queen Anne Dick’s on a perfect summer day debating whether or not we should go to the Mariners game or just find a spot to enjoy the weather. So glad we went to the game! King Felix Hernandez would throw MLB’s 23rd Perfect Game and we had amazing seats in the first row behind Kyle Seager at 3rd base. Long live the King!

Erna Abriam

“I had a friend, Nikki, that brought me to Mariner’s games in the Kingdome where we sat next to the dugout because of her connections. I remember bringing my small binoculars and checking out the baseball players on the opposing team until one day the players would start waving back at me! I was so embarrassed I stopped doing that. I’m sure they were laughing at me. Also, I remember walking by Alex Rodriguez in the Kingdome and freaking out on the inside. It was his rookie year. I still have my freebie Mariner’s umbrella and a souvenir Randy Johnson baseball giveaway from the Kingdome days. My dad brought me and my 2 sisters to the Kingdome grand opening too! So many good memories!”

Sarah Beck

I’ve gone to Dick’s my entire life. It was always a special treat I received after going up to Seattle from Federal Way. My most fond memories include knowing I would get a cheeseburger, chocolate shake, and fries before or after a Mariners game! I continue to use the same order and now treat my son to the same special treat after we take him to Mariners games. I hope our Dick’s family tradition continues through the next generation, especially with new locations in Kent and Federal Way!

Troy Richards

 We were in the 100-level seats behind home plate. Melvin Mora fouls one over the net, right toward us. There are two ladies sitting behind us, and I raise my left hand (no glove, of course) and knock the ball down to save them. They were so grateful, and the heel of my hand was sore for a few days.

Nicholas Allen

Baseball. Baseball has been an important part of my life as long as I can remember.

My first baseball memories are of the Kingdome. My glove was up in the air as ‘Rick the Peanut Guy’ was tossing a warm bag of peanuts from a section away with pinpoint accuracy! I was with my dad. We were lucky enough to have front-row seats off of third base sometimes and we would spend innings trying to flick the shells off the railing into fair territory. It’s my favorite Seattle Mariners baseball memory. Don’t get me wrong, I have been blessed enough to see some marvelous Mariner games. From ‘The Double’ to an 18-inning playoff heartbreaker to a team I will never mention, I have been here.

The Seattle Mariners haven’t had a lot of measured success on the field, but baseball and the Mariners have provided my family and countless others with cherished memories. I was lucky enough to be at the 2001 ASG with my best friend Peter as we watched Alex Rodriguez give up his spot to ‘The Iron Man’ Cal Ripkin Jr and the late great Tommy Lasorda fall over backwards after being hit by a broken bat.

This year I am taking my son Greyson to the 2023 ASG and I can’t believe how excited we are! For him, I know he’s just starting his core baseball memories. And for me, it’s coming full circle. My dad has always been the person I’ve shared my baseball with, and I am so blessed to do the same with my son. Thank you, Baseball. Thank you, dad.

Chuck Ewen

When the Mariners first season my mom dad and I would go to the games all the time, we would take the bus from capital hill to the Kingdome. After every game we would go to Dick’s drive in on Broadway and  I would get 4 cheeseburgers fries and a Sprite, sometimes a shake. Best memories of a childhood living in Seattle and getting to see my favorite baseball team play and knowing we would be getting dinner at Dicks afterwards.

Tim Ryan

Used to go watch the Rainier’s and Pilots at Sick’s Stadium with my dad. Sitting behind home plate watching the boys knock it out of the park into the apartments outside Centerfield was epic. After the game, we’d head up to Broadway to snag a Deluxe and fries.

Nick Griego

It was 1994 me and two friends were running around the Kingdome taking in everything the ballpark had to offer. We were 13 and we all came up with the plan to get as close to Ken Griffey Jr as we could. We were too scared to to go the front row in left center. We thought we were going to get kicked out of the stadium! We noticed that the upper deck was empty. That is where our plan was going to take place. We ran to the upper level with as much energy and excitement as three 13-year-old boys about to meet their baseball idol. We turned the corner and we were stopped by a security guard.

“Woah, woah! Boys the upper level is closed to everybody. I can’t let anyone go in there”. We were jumping all over the place and we were begging him to let us through. We told him we were going to get Griffey’s attention then we will go back down to the main level. The guard broke down and let us through but only for the inning. We got to the seats giddy as can be. “Okay okay okay okay! How do we get his attention? My friend said. I looked up at the scoreboard And said, “ I don’t know, but the Mariners have two out, so we better figure it out quick before he comes out to centerfield”.

We settled on yelling “ Griffey, it’s all good Woooooooo!” which was his walk-up music by MC Hammer!

The Mariners got their third out. Griffey came out to centerfield. We counted to three and yelled out Griffey. It’s all good. Woooooooo!!!! He stopped and looked around for a second, and looked up in the upper deck, and saw three young kids, waving their hands like Muppets. He smiled. He tipped his hat to us. We lost our minds and ran away so fast thanking the security guard as we ran by him, ran back to our seats and told our parents all what just happened because it was the greatest day of her life. My favorite baseball memory.”

Steven Knuchell

My Seattle Mariners baseball memory was from my 10th birthday. It was my 1st Mariners game ever and started my love of the game and the team. It was August 31st, 1990 vs the Kansas City Royals with a 7:05pm first pitch. It was the 1st game ever of Ken Griffey Sr and Jr playing together as Mariners. It is still the greatest birthday I’ve ever had and still my fondest baseball memory. I went with my mom and her bf at the time. We were 15 rows up from the 1st base dugout at the Kingdome. I was in awe. It was also the 1st year I had played little league. Mariners won 5 to 2 behind Randy Johnson pitching another gem.

Jacob Schley

As far back as I can remember baseball was life. We would huddle around the car radio watching the dial like we could actually see the game. This was all possible by the greatest storyteller in baseball. He was magic with the microphone. With every word, every phrase and every crack of the bat would transport you to a seat right next to him. His words would hang in the air like a rising fastball and with a small pause …. that ball is belted or if you were ever so luck to her it is the best phrase in baseball history  Break out the rye bread and mustard grandma it’s grand salami time.

I grew up listening to this man’s voice every year we would embark on an up-and-down roller coaster with this man seamlessly controlling the ride.  He was the heart of the Mariners. He was baseball. He was Dave

Dean Linden

Felix Hernandez perfecto! August 15, 2012

Jeffrey DeMeyer

Saw Gaylord Perry win his 300th game in the Kingdome on May 6th, 1982!

Kellie Larson

My husband and his father spent many hours playing baseball…often followed by burgers and milkshakes. During his last moments with us, my husband put a baseball in his hand and suggested he “warm up his noodle”…his phrase for “playing catch.” His very last movement was a small toss of the baseball. ❤️

Matthew McBride

My dad coached my older brother and me throughout our little league years. We could never get enough baseball with our dad. To motivate us in the “offseason”, he would give incentives that made practice more fun. I recall him putting a bucket on its side on home plate while declaring to my brother and I that the first to make it in the bucket from center field would get a sundae from Dick’s on Holman Road. Turns out we both would get a sundae because he wasn’t just a great coach, he was a great Dad.

P.s (I have baseball photos of us I can submit, just don’t have time to find them before the deadline!)”

Brent Bagley

My best memory is The Peanut Man doing tricks hurling peanuts to your seat at the Kingdome.

Leo Morris

We stopped when I got off shift at us oil stoped in every week when I went home to Bellingham

Akilah Stewart

I was at Safeco Field for Ichiro’s first game in America. It was starting to get cold but I’m so glad I stayed, or I would not have seen “the throw”. Someone forgot to tell the opposing team how good Ichiro’s arm was, and when I say the baserunner was a dead duck, I mean he was Dead On Arrival. This happened pre-camera phone or I’d definitely have attached a picture of how far away the player was from 3rd base when Ichiro threw him out!

Adriana Prince

My father-in-law, Bim Prince (Roger Prince) was a Seattle boy who grew up on the Northside. He would ride his bike through downtown on his bike when they were building the highway. He would got to Dick’s for a burger in high school. He went on to play baseball at Seattle University. He tells the story that before the Mariners played in the Kingdome, Seattle University played a game there. He was the starting pitcher for that game and is very proud that he threw the first unofficial game pitch at the Kingdome! Seattle is full of baseball (and burger) memories and we are grateful to have his.

Juniece Collins

One of my oldest and one of my favorite memories of baseball was back in the later 60s early 70s my family and I attended a Seattle Pilot game at the Sick Stadium  located on the corner of Rainer and McClellam it was my first ever baseball game to attend  but wouldn’t be my last, I went to many Mariners games

Eric Fettman

I had just moved out here in 2001 and the first Mariners game I ever attended was their 112th win in that historic season. I’ve been a Mariners fan ever since!

Jesse Bell

Game 5 of the 1995 ALDS when Ken Griffey Jr. was rounding third after Edgar Martinez hit a game-winning 2 rbi double.

Collin Barrett

When I was in elementary school, I got to operate the manual scoreboard in LF as part of a Mariners contest. The actual number boards were definitely a bit too heavy for a 1st grader to handle. But the coolest part of the experience was getting to sit in the Mariner’s bullpen for an inning beforehand. Getting to talk to all the relievers was awesome! I got to learn about different types of pitches, get some autographs, and they even gave me a bag of bubble gum (which to my 1st-grade mind is what I thought they meant by “chew”). To top it all off, I got to stick my out of a panel in the LF scoreboard and make it on the video scoreboard in CF.

Brad Helle

The very last Mariners game that I got to take my teenage son and my mom and dad before my mom passed away 3 months later from cancer and with my dad’s Altzheimers kicking in. My son let myself and my mom walk around the park and see the sight for 1 last time as he stayed and made sure Papa would be ok. He later told me that they talked about so many things that my dad had done in his life, so it was very special for him and I got to take a picture of myself and Gram with the statue of Dave and just talk about how much she loved to see the sights 1 last time together. She loved going to the M’s game and watched them at home all the time.

Mitchell Anderson

Every year in little league the teams would be randomly assigned a Major League team to be their namesake. In previous years my team would be something like the Red’s or the Marlin’s, but one year my team got to be the Mariner’s and I couldn’t have been more psyched! It was the first year that kid’s got to pitch so I would do my best Jamie Moyer imitation every time it was my turn to take the bump and you know I tugged on my sleeve and pointed my bat just like Ichiro every at-bat. This photo is from the little league day my dad took me to early so we could watch Jamie himself warming up in the bullpen and after the game I got to walk around the field. Best. Day. Ever.

Ashley DePriest

I’m writing this for my baseball-loving son, D’Angelo. I got selected with my uncle Derek, who always played baseball with me, practicing and go to tons of Mariners games. We got to take selfies with players, but this one is my favorite. My uncle passed away shortly after this photo so it’ll be the greatest memory of him and baseball. Here is us taking a photo with JP Crawford.

Amanda Cushen

My favorite baseball memory is going to the Mariner’s game with my dad since as far back as I can remember – the little things stick with me like throwing peanut shells on the ground and the taste of ice cream from a wooden spoon – but my favorite memory is going to a 2001 playoff game as a kid with my dad and brother. We lost to the Yankees, but the energy of a playoff game was unmatched! So thankful to my dad for building these amazing moments and my love of baseball!

Mary Beswick Marchese

The HUGEST hangout in Bellevue was Dick’s on Bellevue Way (aka 104th) We never made it to a live baseball game but my parents were from Philly so watching a Philly’s game with our Dick’s Deluxe and amazing fries in front of our black and white tv was pure heaven!

Ellie Pake

THE MILKSHAKE CHALLENGE: Every year my Northwest Little League coach comes up with a team challenge.  If we complete the challenge the prize is Dick’s milkshakes for all!  What could be better motivation!  Last year we had to play one game where we caught every pop fly that hit our glove.  This picture is of us celebrating after we did it on the last game of the year!

Andrea Cargill

My dad and I had a tradition of attending the Mariner’s Home Opener together every season. Just the two of us. I did not realize how much these memories meant to me until I lost him unexpectedly on Father’s Day in 2020.

Wes Weddell

The lure of a souvenir baseball remained a strong piece of the ballpark experience for me well into my adult years. Ideally, I’d catch an in-game foul ball on-the-fly, but I wasn’t going to get picky about things. I didn’t need more baseballs at home, of course, but I could always use more stories.

Like the time I was twelve and attended a game in the Kingdome with a family friend and his son, and the son got two baseballs thrown to him by players that night. Two. Or the game my friend Jay and I attended in 2001 when we were in college at UW—the one many of my baseball friends grew sick of hearing about—when I somehow *did* end up with an upper-deck foul pop after it pinballed around, only to give it away to the ungrateful fan (not a kid) off whom it had hit first and hardest. (I learned the valuable lesson that night that “know what you’re going to do with the ball before it’s hit to you” applies to fans as well as players.)

Snagging a ball was never the sole focus of any gameday outing—there’s too much else to love about a trip to the park—but it remained a hopeful possibility in the years before I stumbled into a press credential and could count on a few hot shots endangering my computer each summer. (More stories there…) The year I secured a batting practice homerun that had hit the stadium facade and caromed in my general direction placated me some (particularly when I misplayed subsequent chances). But I still wanted one off a pitch that counted.

And then came 2012. The middle years of the M’s playoff drought were not for casual fans. The team was 70-78 in mid-September. A month before I’d missed Felix’s perfect game visiting my father in the hospital. Dad finally heading home was cause to celebrate, and Jay and I lucked into his company’s seats, a zip code from the views I was used to (and behind a screen now). The night got off to a fruitful start: I had played another BP homerun-ricochet well, aided by the considerable pre-game elbow room offered by a last-place team playing a late-season, mid-week game. Jay got a game ball tossed to him after a diving catch. And the M’s were looking good…till they weren’t.

Up stepped Eric Thames, pinch-hitting in the bottom of the 11th of a game the M’s would lose in 18, going 0-for-17 with runners in scoring position. Having worked the count full, he stepped in to face the ninth pitch of the at-bat from Darren O’Day, and my moment arrived:


I wish we had Statcast data for the speed off the bat. It sure came in hot. Someone yelled “”Maybe he can hit!”” and the section had a good chuckle. The crew in the camera well thanked me for saving the ball from taking a piece out of all of them. I was on Cloud 9.

We stayed till the bitter end. A win would’ve been nice, but so it goes. It had been a good outing. And long. It was 12:54am when the last out was recorded. 1:30 when I dropped Jay off. Still buzzing, I wanted someplace to go. I knew that Dick’s was open.”

Jeremy Young

Every Seattlite who is old enough will have vivid memories from the 1995 ALDS victory over the Wild Card New York Yankees –   “The Double” hit by Edgar Martinez to send Ken Griffey wheeling around the bases to execute the “95 slide” in the 11th inning to send us to the next round.

What gives me goosebumps from that game was Randy Johnson coming on in relief.  Head bowed, our 6’10” ace came out of the bullpen and we knew we were giving it everything we got and nothing was going to stop us.  I was twelve years old and my dad and I howled at the TV like wild hyenas.  I remain a Mariners fan for life.

John Bell

My Seattle baseball memory is when my mom and I were at the Mariners game and got hungry. About the 4th inning, we started discussing what we wanted. After just a few minutes we decided we wanted Dick’s Drive-in. We left the game and went straight to the Dick’s on 45th. That was my mom’s first experience with Dick’s!