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Ron Fairly, Mariners broadcaster and 21 year MLB vet, passes away

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“Red” was 81 years old.

Portrait Of A Trio Of Dodgers Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images

A sad day for the baseball family, and for Mariners fans everywhere.

Ron “Red” Fairly had a rich history in baseball before the Seattle Mariners ever winked into existence. His 21 year career in MLB began with the freshly moved Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958. He’d win three World Series championships in his 12 years in L.A., including the 1965 title where he could have easily been the series MVP with an 11-for-29 campaign, a pair of homers, and a 1.069 OPS. Per site historian Amanda Lane, Ron Fairly owns the distinct honor of playing for both the Montreal Expos and the Toronto Blue Jays in their respective inaugural seasons, and is the only player in MLB history to make an All-Star Game for each of MLB’s two Canadian clubs.

Fairly became well-known to Mariners fans in the 90s as a broadcaster, often filling in for both TV and radio broadcasts on both color and play-by-play. His vivacious “There it goes, see ya later!” call graced many a home run call, none more famous in M’s history than the blast that marked eight straight games with a homer by Ken Griffey Jr. to tie the MLB record.

Many Seattle sports personalities have shared their sadness at Fairly’s passing, remarking on his kindness and love for the game. This video, with Shannon Drayer of 710 AM ESPN, highlights those characteristics in a wonderful way.

Ron’s wife Mary preceded him in passing, but he is survived by his three sons: Mike, Steve, and Patrick. We wish them all the best, and are thinking of them.