• Hiroshi Yamauchi, The Mariners' Invisible Owner, Is Dead

    Summary of 4 articles · Updated Sep 19, 2013
    Mariners principal owner Hiroshi Yamauchi, the retired chairman of Nintendo, has passed away. He was 85. Hiroshi Yamauchi, the longtime president of Nintendo who owned a majority stake in the Seattle Mariners but famously never watched them play in person, is dead. He was 85. Read Kotaku's obit below. Hiroshi Yamauchi, who ran Nintendo for more than 50 years and led the Japanese company's transition from traditional playing-card maker to video game giant, has died. He was 85. Yamauchi's purchase of the Mariners made Seattle the first MLB club to have non-North American ownership. Yamauchi is most notable for his accomplishments at Nintendo, which he ran from 1949 to 2002, turning it from a playing-card company into an international video-game giant. Other Japanese players during Yamauchi's tenure have included former closer Kazuhiro Sasaki, reliever Shigetoshi Hasegawa, catcher Kenji Johjima and infielder Munenori Kawasaki. The Mariners have not officially released a statement on his passing, but did confirm the report on Thursday morning.

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