Ray Fosse, a two-time All-Star and World Series champion, who was famously run over by Pete Rose during the 1970 All-Star Game, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 74.
Carol Fosse announced the death of her husband in a statement. The two were married 51 years. Ray Fosse had been battling cancer for 16 years.
Fosse was a first round draft to choose from Cleveland Indians in 1965. He played for the Indians from 1967 to 1972 and was an All-Star twice in that span. He even earned MVP votes during the 1970 season. He was a gold glove award winner in 1970 and 1971.
The catcher was traded to Oakland Athletics in 1973 and played with the franchise for three seasons before joining the Indians in 1976. He wanted to end his career playing for Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers. He was on the A’s World Series teams in 1973 and 1974.
“The Oakland A’s are devastated to learn of Ray Fosse’s death,” the A’s said in a statement. “Few people understand what it means to be an athlete more than Ray. He was the type of franchise icon who always made sure every player, coach, colleague and fan knew they were part of Oakland A’s. “We send our deepest condolences to Carol, Nikki and Lindsey, his family and friends during this difficult time. We will miss you, Ray.”
Fosse’s death also caused grief throughout the baseball world.
The catcher played 12 seasons in the majors. He hit .256 with 61 home runs. In his post-retirement career, he was a broadcaster for NBC Sports California.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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