Former receiver, World Series champion and presenter dies at 74
Posted On October 14, 2021
Former wide receiver Ray Fosse, who spent 12 years behind 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 74.
Fosse had battled cancer for 16 years before passing away on Wednesday, his wife Carol announced on her website, RayFosse.com.
At the end of his playing days, Fosse embarked on a second career in broadcasting, as an analyst for the Oakland A television and radio shows from 1986 until he resigned last August to focus on her cancer treatment and spend time with her family.
Fosse was the seventh overall pick in the 1965 Cleveland Indians Draft, and he made his MLB debut in 1967 at the age of 20. He played eight seasons in Cleveland, making the All-Star American League team and winning Golden Glove honors. in 1970 and 1971.
He had his best season in 1970, hitting 0.307 with 18 home runs in 120 games. However, 16 of those home runs came before the All-Star game, when Rose slammed into him late in the 12th inning to score the winning run.
“Even now, as I watch the replay, I wouldn’t have changed my stance trying to catch the ball and touch the runner, Pete Rose,” he wrote on his website in the column. match.
“My coaches always told me to go where the ball was thrown instead of staying on home plate. As I waited for Amos Otis to throw with my arms outstretched, I got hit by Pete Rose. The impact of the collision was so hard that my catcher’s glove left my hand, and the ball flew over my head. I never touched the baseball. “
Fosse was taken to hospital, but x-rays did not indicate anything was broken. So he played the rest of the season despite his inability to lift his left arm above his shoulder.
X-rays the following spring revealed a fracture and separation in the 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 two consecutive World Series rings. He returned to Cleveland in 1976, before concluding his career with brief stints in Seattle and Milwaukee.
He remained connected to the game after his retirement as a broadcaster with his former team, the A’s.
“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 family,” the team said in a tribute tweet.