Play Ball, You Pilots!



Doris Doubleday & His Command Pilots – Go, Go, You Pilots

It’s May 13, 1969, a balmy Monday and a great night for baseball at Sick’s Stadium. Here’s game two of a four-game series between the brand new Seattle Pilots and the New York Yankees. Seattle won yesterday’s opener.

Home town fans are hearing Bill Schonley and Jimmy Dudley call the balls and strikes on 570 KVI, but this broadcast comes from the Yankee Radio Network and its affiliate station, WGY 820 in Schenectady, New York. Play-by-play is by Frank Messer and Jerry Coleman.

The Yankee pitcher is Washington resident Mel Stottlemyre. Mel became pitching coach of the Seattle Mariners and retired in 2008.

In the expansion draft, future Seattle Mariner manager Lou Piniella was sent to the Pilots from Cleveland’s AAA farm club, the Pacific Coast League Portland Beavers. During spring training, he was filled with pessimism after seven years in the minor leagues and, according to teammate Jim Bouton, said he’d probably retire from baseball if he got sent back down. But on April Fools Day, Lou was traded to Kansas City where he became Rookie of the Year. Read all about it in Ball Four by Jim Bouton. It’s a good book and Bouton made a bunch of enemies by telling a lot of secrets.


Imagine baseball in Seattle if Lou Piniella had given it up in 1969.
Listen straight through if you can. You’ll enjoy it! Can’t beat fun at the old ballpark!!
The team theme song, “Go-Go You Pilots”, was written by Rod Belcher, a long-time broadcaster and sportscaster in Tacoma and Seattle. He did play-by-play for the Seattle Rainiers in 1957 and 1958.



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Dick Ellingson

Author: Dick Ellingson

Masked man and dogs aging gratefully in a little country town. Parcel post crusher; blood'n'guts laundry serf; parking lot fender bender/bumper jumper; KC135 line flunkie with 7-word job title; P-I down crew; bobtail trucker; Sunbeam breader; retail store mangler; bothersome boiler roomie; fake real estate agent; d.j./copywriter/p.d./ripper/reader - 600 KGEZ Good Advertising, Kalispell; Community Radio 1510 KURB, Mountlake Terrace; 1540 News and Music & 92.5 Solid Gold Rock and Roll KFKF, Bellevue; 1150 Kountry KAYO #1 Gun for Radio Fun, Seattle; 1300 KoMPaSs Radio 13 Modern Country, Seattle; 1360 KLFF Good Music and Great Memories, Glendale/Phoenix; 106.3 Concert 106 KONC Sun City; 1580 KCWW Real Country Network, Tempe/Phoenix. Volunteer P-I/Times news reader for Evergreen Radio Reading Service at the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, Seattle; dotcomboom day trader; King County Metro Bus Driver; Seattle Streetcar Operator. And in 2017, after living out a little boy's dreams, retired at age 78.

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