The Oakland Athletics have lost a longtime member of their family, as « franchise icon » Ray Fosse passed away on Wednesday at the age of 74. The former MLB catcher’s wife of over 50 years, Carol Fosse, said in a statement that Ray had been battling cancer for 16 years.
Fosse was chosen as the seventh-overall pick by the Cleveland Indians in the 1965 MLB June Amateur draft and spent the first six seasons of his career with the franchise, making a pair of All-Star teams and earning two Gold Gloves honors as well. During his first All-Star appearance in 1970, Fosse was involved in a famous collision at home plate with Pete Rose, as « Charlie Hustle » barreled over the backstop to score the winning run in the 12th inning.
The nasty hit resulted in a fractured and separated left shoulder for Fosse, and he told the Associated Press 45 years later that his body still ached from the collision.
Fosse was traded to the Athletics in 1973 and help the club win back-to-back World Series that season and in 1974. Fosse returned to Cleveland for the 1976 season and part of the 1977 campaign, before wrapping up his career with 11 games with the Seattle Mariners later that year and 19 games with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1979.
Following is playing days, Fosse was a beloved broadcaster for the A’s from 1986 through part of the 2021 season.
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