Former catcher Ray Fosse, who spent 12 years behind the plate in four teams, was probably best known as a player in a vicious clash with Pete Rose in the 1970 All-Star game, but at the age of 74. died.
Fosse has been fighting cancer for the past 16 years before his death on Wednesday, his wife Carol announced on his website RayFosse.com.
After the day of play, Fosse began his second career on air, having been an analyst for Auckland A games on television and radio since 1986, and resigned this August to treat cancer and work with his family. Spent time.
Fosse was the seventh comprehensive pick in the 1965 draft by the Cleveland Indians and made his MLB debut in 1967 at the age of 20. He played for eight seasons in Cleveland, forming an American League All-Star team and winning the Gold Glove Award. In 1970 and 1971.
He had the best season in 1970, scoring .307 with 18 home runs in 120 games. However, 16 of these home runs took place before the All-Star game, with Rose winning the barrel in the bottom of the 12th inning.
“I wouldn’t have changed my position when I was still watching the replay, trying to catch the ball and tag runner Pete Rose,” he told his website in the game record. wrote.
“The coach always told me to go to the place where the ball was thrown instead of standing on the home plate. Pete Rose attacked me as I stretched out my arms and waited for Amos Otis to throw me. The impact of the collision The catcher’s mitt was so hard that it got out of his hand and the ball flew overhead. I’ve never touched baseball. “
Fosse was taken to the hospital, but an x-ray showed nothing broken. So he played the rest of the season, even though he couldn’t lift his left arm overhead without pain.
The next spring radiograph revealed a fracture and separation of his left shoulder. He recreated the All-Star team next season, but he never became the same player again.
In 1973, Fosse was traded to Auckland A and won a series of World Series rings. He returned to Cleveland in 1976 and then briefly completed his career in Seattle and Milwaukee.
After retiring, he continued to connect to the game as a broadcaster on the former team A’s.
“He was one of the franchise icons and always made sure that all players, coaches, colleagues and fans were part of the Auckland A family,” the team said in a tribute tweet. “I miss you, Ray”
Former catcher, World Series champion, broadcaster dies at age 74
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