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Subject: Ron Fairly, former MLB player and Seattle Mariners broadcaster

Dies at 81
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Date Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 12:09:51pm


SEATTLE -- Longtime Seattle Mariners broadcaster Ron Fairly has died at the age of 81, the Mariners announced Wednesday.

“Ron was a key voice in our history,” said Mariners President & CEO Kevin Mather. “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 joined the Mariners broadcast group as a color commentator in 1993, teaming up with the legendary Dave Niehaus for 14 seasons. He retired in 2006, through came back to the booth in 2011 as part of a rotating broadcast crew following the Niehaus' death the previous autumn.

“Ron was not only a great broadcaster, he was a great friend,” said current Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs. “He loved the game of baseball and everyone in it, and it showed. He was one of the best storytellers I’ve ever been around."

Fairly played 21 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Dodgers, Expos, Cardinals, Athletics, and Blue Jays until retiring as a member of the Angels in 1978. He played in four World Series in which his team won three championships.

His 215 home runs the most for a player who never hit 20 in a season, according to the Mariners.

Fairly began his broadcasting career with the Angels in 1979 then moved to the San Francisco Giants crew in 1987 until joining the Mariners six years later.

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

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