Ron Fairly

Ron Fairly

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Ronald Ray Fairly (born July 12, 1938 in Macon, Georgia) is a former Major League Baseball player and broadcaster. He either played in or broadcast over 7,000 major league games from through .

College career

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. There he was a teammate of future baseball executive and General Manager Pat Gillick. 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.

Professional career

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 was named to two All-Star Games: as an Expo in...
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