On Monday night, the Seattle Mariners held a moment of silence at Safeco Field in honor Hiroshi Yamauchi, who held a majority stake in the Major League Baseball franchise since 1992. Yamauchi, the longtime president of Nintendo from 1949 to 2002, died last week at the age of 85.
Yamauchi had transferred his majority stake of the Mariners in 2004 to Nintendo of America, but was still considered an integral part of the team’s business management. NOA and former representative Howard Lincoln have recently stated that they do not plan to sell their majority stake in the Mariners.
In addition to the honoring their late majority owner, the Mariners will wear a patch on their jerseys with the abbreviation “HY” to commemorate the man who changed the video game industry and (despite the fact he never attended a Mariners game) helped save baseball in Seattle.
You can watch the Yamauchi tribute right here.