A little over two months after Athletics broadcaster Ray Fosse stepped away from the booth, his wife, Carol, shared the sad news that he had passed away. He was 74 years old and had been battling cancer for 16 years.
Fosse was a longtime catcher in the big leagues, spending eight years in Cleveland and picking up two All-Star nods and two Gold Glove Awards during his first stint there. He also spent three years with Oakland, along with one in Seattle and Milwaukee. For his time in Cleveland, he was named one of the Indians’ 100 greatest players of all time in 2001 as a celebration of the franchise’s 100th anniversary (via SABR). With the A’s, he earned two World Series rings, hitting a home run off of Don Sutton in the series-clinching Game 5 in 1974.
He began his career as color analyst for the A’s in 1986 and had been in that role ever since. Upon the news of his death, the team released a statement:
The Oakland A's are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Ray Fosse. Few people epitomize what it means to be an Athletic more than Ray. He was the type of franchise icon who always made sure every player, coach, colleague and fan knew that they were part of the A's family. We send our deepest condolences to Carol, Nikki and Lindsey, his family, and friends during this difficult time. We'll miss you, Ray.
Several other members of the MLB community mourned their teammate, colleague and friend.