Leo H. Lassen was born in Marathon County, Wisconsin, in 1899. He moved to Seattle when he was a child. As a young man, Lassen worked as an office boy at the Post-Intelligencer and later a sports editor at the Seattle Star.
In 1931, when a broadcasting position became open in Seattle, Lassen moved from sports writer to the announcer’s chair. Leo was great at announcing Seattle home games, but where he really was outstanding was his ability to effectively “re-create” the action to his listening audience for the out of town events. Most listeners did not know that for those games, Leo was only reading from a ticker tape. This baseball legend passed away on December 5, 1975.
2 thoughts on “Leo Lassen, Seattle Rainiers’ Mr. Baseball”
I lived in Seattle as a youth and was a Baseball fan. The 1951 team with Jimmy Rivera, Walt Judnick, Al Lyons, George Vico and Elmer Singleton etc etc coached by Rogers Hornsby introduced me to the inimitable Leo (“Mr. Baseball”) LEO LASSEN. I followed him For years and, having lived in New York since 1969, remain an ardent Leo fan (“back….back. Back, and it’s over”. How nice to know he is being remembered.
Jay C Carlisle
Myself and my dad listened to Seattle Ranier games and enjoyed listening to Leo