Note: The Seattle Pilots' one and only MLB season opener in Seattle's Sicks' Stadium was April 11, 1969. In the presumably temporary absence of baseball this spring, Sportspress Northwest is re-publishing this March 6, 2012 feature on beer baron Emil Sick, who bought the minor-league Seattle Rainiers in 1937 and privately funded for the team his namesake stadium in 1938, which housed the Pilots and survived until 1979. Let us divert . . .
By David Eskenazi and Steve Rudman
If all the flattering words used to describe Emil Sick in the aftermath of his Nov. 10, 1964, death could be bumped together in a single volume, the work probably would be fatter than a James Michener novel.
"If you couldn't work for Emil, you couldn't work for anybody," Edo Vanni said after Sick's graveside service. "I would have worked for him for nothing."