Ray Fosse, A’s World Series winning catcher, dies at 74 after cancer battle

Ray Fosse, a two-time All-Star who won consecutive World Series with the Oakland Athletics in 1973 and 1974, died Wednesday, the A announced. Fosse’s wife, Carol, first announced her husband’s death on rayfosse.com, saying he had been battling cancer for 16 years.

Fosse, 74, announced in August He had to step down from his duties as a color commentator for A on NBC Sports California. Fosse served as an analyst for AK Baseball on radio or television from 1986.

“Oakland is shocked to learn of the passing of A. Ray Fosse,” A said in a statement on Wednesday. “Few people interpret it as being more athletic than Rey. 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.”

Fosse was a two-time Gold Glove winner in the catcher in 12 MLB seasons with primarily Cleveland and Oakland. Representing the Indians in the 1970 All-Star Game, Fosse was part of one of the most famous plays in the history of the Midsummer Classic, when Pete Rose of Cincinnati defeated him in a play at the plate to score the winning run for the National League. ran away. At the bottom of the 12th innings. Fosse severed his shoulder and suffered a fracture in the play, injuries that were not discovered until the following season.

Fosse scored .256 runs in 61 home runs and 924 career games with 324 RBIs.

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