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Ron Fairly, who starred for Dodgers, USC, then in broadcast booth, dies at 81

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season After his playing career, Fairly began his broadcasting career at KTLA (Ch. 5) and was part of the Angels’ broadcast team from 1980-1986. He moved to the Giants for six seasons (1987-92) then joined the Seattle Mariners’ broadcasting team in 1993, where he remained full time until 2006 and occasionally came out of retirement to fill in through 2011.He was inducted into the USC Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997.He is survived by two sons, Steve and Patrick.Services will be private, USC indicated in a news release. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Ron Fairly, a member of four World Series teams with the Dodgers and a long-time broadcaster in the major leagues, died on Wednesday in Indian Wells at age 81. Fairly had suffered from cancer.Fairly was the first player to represent two Canadian teams – the Montreal Expos (1973) and Toronto Blue Jays (1977) – in the major-league All-Star Game and played on four World Series teams with the Dodgers (1959, 1963, 1965 and 1966), winning three of them. During the seven-game victory over the Minnesota Twins in 1965, Fairly was 11 for 29 (.379) with three doubles, two home runs and six RBIs.A Long Beach native who attended Long Beach Jordan High, he turned down a basketball scholarship to play for John Wooden at UCLA and instead spent two years at USC, helping the baseball team win the 1958 national championship. Fairly played just that one season of varsity baseball, but he hit .348 with team-highs of nine home runs and 67 RBIs as a sophomore center fielder.Fairly made his major-league debut with the Dodgers in 1958 (after two brief minor league stops). Over 12 seasons before a trade to the Expos in June 1969, the first baseman/outfielder batted .267 with 90 home runs. He spent nine more seasons in the majors, capping his 21-season career with the Angels in 1978, batting .217 with 10 homers and 40 RBIs in 91 games. He finished his 2,442-game career with a .266 career average, 1,913 hits, 215 home runs – the most in major-league history for a player who never had a 20-homer season – 931 runs and 1,044 RBIs. Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more