Ray Fosse, the strong-armed MLB catcher whose profession was upended when he was greatly surprised by Pete Rose through the 1970 All-Star Sport, has died. He was 74.
Carol Fosse, his spouse of 51 years, stated in an announcement on-line that Fosse died Wednesday after a 16-year bout with most cancers.
Fosse was a budding expertise for Cleveland when he made his first All-Star group as a 23-year-old in 1970, the identical 12 months he hit .307 with a career-high 18 homers and gained the primary of two Gold Gloves whereas throwing out 55% of tried base stealers.
Rose barreled over him to attain the successful run within the twelfth inning of the exhibition at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium. Fosse fractured and separated his left shoulder, and he instructed The Related Press in 2015 his physique nonetheless ached 45 years later.
“As a lot because it’s proven, I don’t must see it on TV as a replay to know what occurred. It’s contemporary,” Fosse stated.
A primary-round draft choose by Cleveland in 1965 from Marion, Illinois, Fosse made his second and closing All-Star group in 1971 however by no means replicated that terrific 1970 season over a 12-year profession with Cleveland, the Oakland Athletics, the Seattle Mariners and the Milwaukee Brewers.
He batted .256 with 61 homers in 924 video games and helped the Athletics win the World Sequence in 1973 and 1974.
After his taking part in days have been finished, Fosse grew to become a preferred broadcaster for the A’s, starting in 1986, and he labored by way of a part of the 2021 season.
“The Oakland A’s are heartbroken to study of the passing of Ray Fosse,” the group stated in an announcement on Wednesday. “Few folks epitomize what it means to be an Athletic greater than Ray. He was the kind of franchise icon who at all times made positive each participant, coach, colleague, and fan knew that they have been a part of the A’s household. We ship our deepest condolences to Carol, Nikki and Lindsey, his household, and mates throughout this troublesome time. We’ll miss you, Ray.”
Fosse instructed the AP in 2015 that he had ache and arthritis, endured 5 knee surgical procedures, had two bum shoulders he by no means had mounted and a stiff neck.
In fact, he knew that wasn’t all from Rose’s blow on the All-Star Sport. Plenty of that was a results of the pains of being a catcher.
“My physique hurts. My shoulder nonetheless hurts,” Fosse stated. “There was not anyone on the time to say, ‘Don’t play.’ I continued. That’s one thing that I take with a number of satisfaction.”
Two days after the 1970 All-Star Sport, Fosse caught 9 innings in a win on the Kansas City Royals. He couldn’t carry his left arm above his head.
“That’s one thing folks will proceed to speak about, whether or not they have been alive on the time or watched the video and see the end result,” Fosse stated.
“There have been some more durable hits. Simply the very fact it was an All-Star Sport, they at all times vote on the All-Star Sport highlights or lowlights, and that at all times appears to be on the high that individuals discuss.”
Cleveland additionally launched an announcement after Fosse’s demise.
“The Cleveland Indians household is deeply saddened by the passing of Ray Fosse, a real fan favourite who beloved sporting a Cleveland Indians uniform. He was so proud to be our high draft choose in 1965. We prolong our deepest sympathy to your complete Fosse household, in addition to his many teammates, Main League broadcast colleagues and the organizations impacted by his practically 60 years within the recreation he beloved,” stated Bob DiBiasio, senior vp of public affairs.