- CF, LF, OF, RF, 1B, DH
- July 12, 1938
- 5' 10"
- 175 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 9-09-1958 with LAN
Ronald Ray Fairly (born July 12, 1938 in Macon, Georgia) is a former Major League Baseball player and broadcaster. He either played in or broadcast over 7,000 major league games.
Fairly played varsity baseball for Rod Dedeaux at the University of Southern California, and he made the most of it. He hit .348 with team highs of nine home runs and 67 RBI while lettering as a sophomore center fielder on the 1958 Trojan baseball team which won USC's second College World Series championship. There he was a teammate of future baseball executive and General Manager Pat Gillick. An All-District 8 selection that season, he was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent. After two brief minor league stops, he made the big club late in September 1958.
A competitive player and highly disciplined hitter, Fairly had a short and compact swing with occasional power to all fields. With his glove, he was a competent first baseman as well as all three outfield positions, being best suited for right field. His talents were overshadowed by a notorious lack of speed.
Fairly hit two home runs in the 1965 World Series when the Dodgers defeated the Minnesota Twins.
In 21-season career, Fairly played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1958-69), Montreal Expos (1969-74), St. Louis Cardinals (1975-76), Oakland Athletics (1976), Toronto Blue Jays (1977) and California Angels (1978). He was named to two All-Star Games: as an Expo in 1973 and as a Blue Jay in 1977. Fairly is the only player to be named an All-Star with both Canada-based Major League teams.
A career .266 hitter with 215 home runs and 1044 RBI in 2442 games, Fairly was selected an All-Star. He also played in four World Series. He retired at age of 40 after the season.
After his playing days, Fairly began his broadcasting career in at KTLA in Los Angeles and later joined Bob Starr in the California Angels radio/television booth. In , Fairly moved up the coast and could be heard on KNBR as the voice of the San Francisco Giants. He went further north as a broadcaster for the Seattle Mariners, where he stayed through the season. Fairly served primarily as a color commentator, but occasionally stepped in to do play-by-play as well.
In 1997, Fairly was selected to the USC's Athletic Hall of Fame, joining former Trojans Marcus Allen, Buster Crabbe, Charles Dumas, Frank Gifford, Ronnie Lott, Fred Lynn, Tom Seaver and O.J. Simpson, et al.
On September 21, 2006, the Mariners announced that Ron Fairly had decided to retire from his post as team broadcaster after 14 seasons, ending a 27-year career in Major League broadcasting. Coupled with 21 years as a player, Fairly spent 48 years in the Major Leagues.
From June 15 to June 17, 2007, Fairly briefly came out of retirement to work as a television analyst for the Mariners during a three-game interleague series against the Houston Astros, in Houston, due to broadcaster Mike Blowers being on vacation.
From July 15 to July 18, 2010, Fairly broadcast the Mariners' four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels with Rick Rizzs on KIRO 710 to fill in for Dave Niehaus, who was on vacation.
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