Ray FosseThe man who broadcast Oakland Athletics games for 35 years has died at the age of 74 after a 12-year career in Major League Baseball. A statement from the team said that he had been battling cancer for 16 years.
Fosse retired from the broadcast booth in August, telling fans in a statement about his cancer battle. “Given my current medical condition, I am taking a step away from A and NBC Sports California immediately to focus on my treatment and be with my family during this time. My wife, Carol, and I are with you. We express our gratitude to the baseball community and the community at large for the thoughts and prayers.
Before becoming a broadcaster, Fosse spent a dozen years as an MLB catcher. He began his career with the Cleveland Indians, making the All-Star team in 1970 and 1971. His first appearance became part of baseball lore, as he had a major collision at home plate with infielder Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds. who violated what was regarded as a gentleman’s exhibition by barreling on Fosse in a play at the plate.
Fosse suffered a fracture and dislocated shoulder in the play, injuries crippled him for the rest of his playing career. He later played for the Oakland A, Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers. He finished his career with .256/.306/.367 lines (90 ops+) and 61 home runs. He also won a pair of Gold Glove Awards and received some consideration for the 1971 American League Most Valuable Player Award.
No details on the memorial plans were immediately available.
Oakland A’s statement on Ray Fosse: pic.twitter.com/88iUI6XEL3
— Oakland AK (@athletics) 14 October 2021