Fred Claire is a former long-time executive with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He served numerous roles with the Dodgers from 1969-1998, including his position as Vice President/General Manager from ’87 to ‘98.
Fred began his career with the Dodgers as an assistant in public relations – and in 1975, he became the VP of Public Relations. During this term, he was instrumental in creating the team branding that became known as the ‘Dodger Blue’ campaign.
A year after being named GM, Claire was instrumental in helping bring the Dodgers to a 1988 World Series win in 5-games over the heavily favored Oakland Athletics.
In the spring of 2015, Fred was diagnosed with skin cancer that later migrated to his jaw. While odds were against his survival, Fred, along with this long-time wife Sheryl, fought the brave fight and found a great new championship team at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California.
In the book, “Extra Innings,” author Tim Madigan provides us a look at what Fred’s fight with cancer has meant. When treatment at the City of Hope began to show success, Fred and Sheryl began dedicating themselves to raising money and awareness for the cancer research and treatment center.
The Fred Claire Celebrity Golf Tournament continues to raise large amounts of money for the City of Hope.
In addition, to help find new ways to fight cancer, Fred joined USC alumnus, Kurt Colicchio, to establish the Fred and Sheryl Claire Scholarship Fund to support medical students conducting a year of dedicated research in head and neck cancers.
Between a highly successful 30-year career with the Dodgers and a heartwarming, winning battle against cancer, the May 11th episode of A Mick A Mook and A Mic with Fred Claire is one you won’t want to miss.