Shea: Former All-Star, broadcaster Ron Fairly dies at 81

From John Shea at the San Francisco Chronicle on October 30, 2019:

Ron Fairly, who spent most of his 21-year playing career with the Dodgers and broadcast games for the rival Giants in the late 1980s and early 1990s, died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.

Fairly was an Angels broadcaster before joining the Giants’ booth in 1987, the year they won their first division title since 1971.

Fairly stayed with the Giants through the 1992 season, when the Peter Magowan ownership arrived and reshuffled the broadcast team, and moved to the Mariners, where he called games for 14 seasons.

During the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, which struck 30 years ago this month and interrupted the A’s-Giants World Series, Fairly was in the Giants’ booth. In fact, he was with the Mariners when a 1996 quake interrupted a game at Seattle’s Kingdome.

“I should be in Ripley’s Believe It or Not,” Fairly said in a 1996 Chronicle interview. “I’m the only announcer who was on the air at the time of two earthquakes that postponed games.”

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Originally published: October 30, 2019. Last Updated: October 30, 2019.