Former catcher Ray Fosse, who spent 12 years behind the plate for four teams but was perhaps best known as a player for a vicious collision with Pete Rose in the 1970 All-Star Game, died at the age of 74. has passed away.
Fosse had been battling cancer for 16 years before passing away on Wednesday, his wife Carol announced on her website, RayFosse.com.
After his playing days ended, Fosse began a second career in broadcasting, serving as an analyst for the Oakland A’s sports on TV and radio from 1986. He stepped down last August To focus on your cancer treatment and spending time with your family.
Fosse was the seventh overall pick in the 1965 draft by the Cleveland Indians, and he made his MLB debut in 1967 at age 20. He played eight seasons in Cleveland, making the American League All-Star team and winning Gold Glove honors. in 1970 and 1971.
He had his best season in 1970, scoring .307 runs in 120 games with 18 home runs. However, 16 of those home runs came before the All-Star Game, when Rose hit him to score the winning run at the bottom of the 12th inning.
“Even now when I watch replays, I don’t change my position trying to catch the ball and tag runner Pete Rose.” He wrote in chronicling the game on his website..
“I was always told by my coaches to go where the ball was bowled rather than stand at home plate. As I waited for Amos Otis’ throw with my arms outstretched, I was hit by Pete Rose The impact of the collision was so hard that my catcher lost my hand, and the ball flew over my head. I never touched a baseball.”
Fosse was taken to the hospital, but X-rays did not show anything was broken. So he played the rest of the season despite being unable to lift his left arm above his head without pain.
The following spring X-rays revealed a fracture and separation in his left shoulder. Even though he made the All-Star team again the following season, he would never be the same player again.
In 1973, Fosse was traded to Oakland A’s, where he won one World Series ring after another. He returned to Cleveland in 1976, before concluding his career with brief stints in Seattle and Milwaukee.
He remained associated with the sport after retirement as a broadcaster with his former team, A.
“He was the kind of franchise icon who always made sure every player, coach, colleague and fan knew he was part of the Oakland A’s family,” the team said in a tribute tweet. “We will miss you, Ray.”