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Join Big Unit, Wilson at Mariners Hall luncheon

Join Big Unit, Wilson at Mariners Hall luncheon

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Join Big Unit, Wilson at Mariners Hall luncheon
SEATTLE -- Tickets for the Mariners Hall of Fame induction luncheon for Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson are on sale now for the Friday, July 27, event at Safeco Field.

The two former Seattle standouts will become the fifth and sixth inductees into the Mariners Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony before the Saturday, July 28, game against the Royals. But a Friday luncheon featuring the two inductees, plus the other members of the Mariners Hall of Fame, will also be open to the public.

"It's an event we started at Safeco in 2007 with Edgar Martinez -- the last player inducted," said Mariners marketing director Kevin Martinez. "The idea is to have something more in-depth than the on-field ceremony before the game. This is an opportunity to create an event where we can tell some stories and bring back former players and all of the Hall of Famers."

Current Mariners Hall of Fame members Alvin Davis, Jay Buhner and Martinez will be part of the ceremony, and Marilyn Niehaus will represent her late husband, Dave Niehaus. There will also be videotaped messages from former players and teammates.

The event will be hosted by Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs and will go from noon to about 1:30 p.m. PT, with seating at tables set up in the outfield at Safeco Field.

Tickets are $125 and can be bought on-line at mariners.com. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and free parking for the event will be available at the Safeco Field Garage.

Wilson played 12 of his 14 Major League seasons in Seattle from 1994-2005. He was a '96 All-Star and batted .262 in his Mariners career, which spanned 1,251 games and included playoff appearances in '95, '97, 2000 and '01.

Wilson, 43, has caught more games than any player in franchise history and ended his career with a .9948 fielding percentage, which is currently the seventh-best in Major League history for a catcher with at least 500 games.

Johnson, 48, spent 10 of his 22 Major League seasons with Seattle from 1989-98 and went 130-74 with a 3.42 ERA in 274 games. The Big Unit retired after the 2009 season with a 303-166 record and 3.29 ERA. He earned five of his 10 All-Star berths while with the Mariners and the first of his five Cy Young Awards.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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