Thursday, January 30, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #85 - Ron Fairly

  • Ron Fairly played for the California Angels in 1978. In December 1977 Fairly was traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Angels for Butch Alberts and Pat Kelly.
  • Fairly still had a little bit of power, but he slipped to .217 as a part time first baseman and DH in his final season in the majors. Ron retired during spring training before the 1979 season. The Angels had acquired Rod Carew to play first base and owner Gene Autry offered Ron a three-year contract to broadcast games for the Angels.
  • 1978 Stats: .217, 10 HR, 40 RBI in 91 games.
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • May 9 - Went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI in California's 7-5 win over the Detroit Tigers.
    • June 20 - Had three hits, three RBI, and scored two runs as the Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 10-5.
    • June 29 - Knocked in all three California runs in a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.