Ron Fairly, whose career as a player and broadcaster spanned nearly 50 years, has died at the age of 81, the Custom Seattle Mariners Nike Jerseys announced Wednesday.
The Mariners organization has lost one of its most beloved voices.
We send our thoughts and condolences to the family and loved ones of broadcaster and baseball lifer Ron Fairly. May he Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/3fQhckguMf
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) October 30, 2019
Fairly played 21 years in the majors, winning three World Series titles with the Custom Los Angeles Dodgers Nike Jerseys, with whom he played from 1958 to 1969. He also played with the Custom Montreal Expos Nike Jerseys, Custom St. Louis Cardinals Nike Jerseys, Custom Oakland Athletics Nike Jerseys, Custom Toronto Blue Jays Nike Jerseys and Custom California Angels Nike Jerseys, 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.”
Fairly remained in the Mariners booth full time until 2006 and occasionally came out of retirement to fill in.
“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.”