Fred Claire spent 30 years with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ front office advancing from publicity director to Executive Vice President and general manager with responsibility for player personnel decisions and baseball operations. Claire served the team as a publicity director; vice president of public relations, promotions and marketing; Executive Vice President in charge of day-to-day operations; and Executive Vice President and general manager in charge of player personnel.
Claire joined the Dodgers in 1969 and proved to be an award-winning executive at every stage of his career. Claire was directing the team’s marketing efforts when the Dodgers first hit the three-million mark in attendance and established a period of record-setting attendance figures. He was instrumental in creating the branding that became to be known as “Dodger Blue” and the subsequent “Think Blue” campaign.
In April of 1987, Claire was named general manager of the Dodgers and when the team won the World Series in 1988 he was selected Major League Baseball’s “Executive of the Year” by The Sporting News. Claire became the fifth Dodger executive in the team’s history to win the award, following Larry MacPhail (1939), Branch Rickey (1947), Walter O’Malley (1955) and Buzzie Bavasi (1959).
Since his departure from the Dodgers in June of 1998, Claire has maintained an active schedule as an educator, a founding partner and currently chairman of the sports analytics company Scoutables and as a contributor to MLB.com in addition to an on-going civic involvement.
In 2017 Claire spearheaded the creation of the inaugural Fred Claire Celebrity Golf Classic, benefiting City of Hope in Duarte, CA. The tournament and dinner raised more than $200,000. City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
Claire has served as a lecturer at Caltech in the first sports business class ever offered by the prestigious university. He has served as an instructor at the University of Southern California and helped launch the successful class of “Sports, Business and the Media” offered by the Annenberg School. He is an original member of the advisory board for the Long Beach State sports management program. Claire provided a guiding hand in the formation of a student sports business organization at Fordham U.
Claire played an active role in the advancement of international baseball during his time with the Dodgers and he currently serves as an advisor to Baseball New Zealand.
A book on Claire’s career with the Dodgers (“Fred Claire: My 30 Years in Dodger Blue”) was released in March of 2004 by Sports Publishing LLC. The book was co-authored by Claire and Steve Springer of the Los Angeles Times and it was recognized on the Los Angeles Times’ “Bestsellers” list.
Claire is a member of the board of directors of the Rose Bowl Operating Company and the Los Angeles Sports Council and his civic involvement includes advisory positions for the Special Olympics of Southern California and the First Tee program of Pasadena.
Claire served Major League baseball in a number of capacities, including a role as a member of the Board of Directors for MLB Properties, as a member of the Broadcast Advisory Group and the Baseball Operations Committee. In 1990, Claire received the Award of Honor from the American Baseball Coaches Assn. He served as an original member of the Board of Directors for the RBI program (Reviving Baseball in Inner-cities).
Prior to joining the Dodgers, Claire spent 12 years in the newspaper field as a sports editor, columnist and baseball writer for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the Pomona Progress-Bulletin and the Whittier Daily News. During the time Claire was the sports editor of the Progress-Bulletin the newspaper was saluted as the top sports section in its circulation class by the California Newspaper Publishers Assn.
Claire graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. He holds an Associate of Arts degree from Mt. San Antonio College and in February of this year was honored as a member of the college’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Claire started his collegiate career at El Camino College and was selected as the college’s first Alumnus of the Year. In March of 2000, Claire was inducted into the California Community College Sports Hall of Fame.
During Claire’s time as Executive VP and general manager, the Dodger teams had the third best winning percentage in Major League Baseball.