Seattle Mariners held a moment of silence for Hiroshi Yamauchi, the team's majority owner, before their game against the Kansas City Royals yesterday.

The former Nintendo President, who guided the company into the age of video games, died last week at the age of 85.

In 1992 he was attributed with saving the baseball team by picking up a majority share of the organisation when its previous owner was looking to sell it to a Florida group.

Yamauchi transferred his stake in the Mariners to Nintendo of America in 2004 and Howard Lincoln, CEO of the Mariners and a member of Nintendo of America’s board of directors, has since said the company intends to remain the majority owner.

The Mariners lost the game 6-5 in extra innings.