Ronald Ray Fairly
(born July 12
in Macon, Georgia
) is a former Major League Baseball
player and broadcaster
. He has either played in or broadcast over 7,000 major league games from through .
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. 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 owns the distinction of being the first player to play for both Canadian-based Major League franchises and the only player to ever become an All-Star for each club.
A career .266 hitter with 215 home runs and 1044 RBI in 2442 games, Fairly was selected an All-Star in and . 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
. In , 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
In 1997, Fairly was selected to the USC's Athletic Hall of Fame. He joined former Trojans inductees as Marcus Allen, Buster Crabbe, Charles Dumas, Frank Gifford, Ronnie Lott, Fred Lynn, Tom Seaver and O.J. Simpson, among others.
On September 21, 2006, the Mariners announced that Ron Fairly had decided to retire 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.