Longtime big-league catcher and broadcaster Ray Fosse died on Wednesday after a 16-year battle with cancer, according to the Oakland Athletics. Fosse was 74 years old.
The Athletics released the following statement about Fosse's passing:
Fosse had long been a fixture on Athletics broadcasts after retiring from playing. He announced he was stepping away from the booth in August after more than 35 years on the job with the following statement:
Fosse enjoyed a 12-year career in the majors as a catcher. He broke into the big leagues with Cleveland in 1967 and he later made the All-Star Game in 1970 and 1971. Fosse's inclusion in the 1970 contest has become ingrained in the sport's memory because of Pete Rose's decision to barrel over Fosse. That collision left Fosse with a fractured and dislocated shoulder -- injuries that plagued him the rest of his career, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.