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Nintendo pioneer saved M's baseball in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) - Nintendo video game pioneer Hiroshi Yamauchi is remembered in Seattle for saving the Mariners baseball team.

There was talk of the team moving to Florida in 1992 when then-Sen. Slade Gorton tried to find local owners and contacted Nintendo of America, in the suburb of Redmond.

Gorton says Yamauchi purchased the team as a civic gesture because Nintendo had done well in the area and he felt an obligation to the community.

Yamauchi never watched his baseball team play in person. In 2004, he transferred his majority shares to Nintendo of America.

The Mariners issued a statement on his death saying his goodwill gesture is legendary and Yamauchi also will be remembered for his role in moving forward the opportunity for Japanese players to play in the United States.

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