Ray Fosse, who spent 35 years broadcasting the Oakland Athletics games after a 12-year career in the majors, has died at age 74. He had battled cancer for 16 years, according to a team statement.
Fosse retired from the broadcast booth in August and told fans in a statement about his battle with cancer. “Given my current medical condition, I am taking one step away from Athletics and NBC Sports California right away, to focus on my treatment and be with my family during this time. My wife, Carol, and I extend our appreciation to the community of baseball, and the community at large, for their thoughts and prayers. “
Before becoming an announcer, Fosse spent a dozen years as a Major League catcher. He began his career with the Cleveland Indians, serving on the All-Star team in 1970 and 1971. His first appearance became part of baseball lore, as he had a major collision at the plate with the Reds infielder. from Cincinnati, Pete Rose. that he violated what was presumed to be a gentleman’s display by pouncing on Fosse on a play at the plate.
Fosse suffered a fracture and dislocation of his shoulder on the play, injuries that left him handicapped for the rest of his playing career. He later played for the Oakland Athletics, the Seattle Mariners, and the Milwaukee Brewers. He finished his believe with a line of .256 / .306 / .367 (90 OPS +) and 61 home runs. He also won a pair of Gold Glove awards and received some consideration for the 1971 AL Most Valuable Player award.
Details on the memorial plans were not immediately available.
Oakland A statement on Ray Fosse: pic.twitter.com/88iUI6XEL3
– Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) October 14, 2021