The Mariners' tribute to Ron Fairly.

Ron Fairly has passed away. Fairly starred as a center fielder in college at USC (where he was later inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame), then played in MLB from 1958-1978 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, and [then-California] Angels. After that, he went into broadcasting, calling games for the Angels, Giants and Mariners from 1979-2006. (He then came out of retirement for brief series returns with the Mariners in 2007, 2010, and 2011.) ESPN has more on the impact Fairly made:

Fairly played 21 years in the majors, winning three World Series titles with the Los Angeles Dodgers, with whom he played from 1958 to 1969. He also played with the Montreal Expos, St. Louis CardinalsOakland AthleticsToronto Blue Jays and California Angels, compiling a .266 average with 215 home runs and 1,044 RBIs.

He was an All-Star with the Expos in 1973 and the Blue Jays in 1977 and is the only player to represent both Canadian major league teams in the All-Star Game. After retiring in 1978 as an Angel, he joined the team’s broadcast team the next season. He also broadcast San Francisco Giants games in 1987 before moving up the West Coast to Seattle in 1993.

“Ron was a key voice in our history,” Mariners president and CEO Kevin Mather said. “He joined our team at the start of an important era of Seattle baseball, beginning the same year as Lou Piniella and bringing over a decade of exciting baseball to our fans on TV and radio. Our thoughts are with his three sons: Mike, Steve and Patrick, and his grandchildren.”

…”Red was a true gentleman of the game and in life,” former Mariners radio producer Kevin Cremin said. “He spanned many eras of baseball and had great stories to tell about all of them. He will be missed.”

Tributes to Fairly poured in Wednesday:

Fairly certainly had a remarkable broadcasting impact on three different MLB franchises, an impact as a player on five other franchises, and an impact on the many people he interacted with. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.


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