Longtime athletics TV presenter and former All-Star participant Ray Foss has passed away today at the age of 74, as announced by his wife Carol. Fosse stepped away from the broadcast booth back in August to tackle cancer, as Fosse said he had been battling the disease for the past 16 years.
Official Statement from Athletics …
“The Oakland Achievements are heartbroken when they learn of the passing of Ray Foss. Few have any idea what it means to be more athletic than Ray. He has been a franchise icon that has always made sure that every player, coach, colleague and fan knows that they are part of the Oakland A family.We offer our deepest condolences to Carol, Nikki and Lindsay, his family and friends during this difficult time. We will miss you Ray… “
A veteran of 12 MLB seasons from 1967 to 79, Fosse played for four different teams in his career, but is best known for his eight seasons with Indians and three years with honors. Foss was a two-time Golden Glove winner and two-time All-Star during his time in Cleveland, with this first ASG appearance leading to the infamous plate clash with Pete Rose in the 1970 Midsummer Classic final game. The apocryphal version of the incident is that the clash allegedly ruined Foss’s career, and while he did suffer chronic shoulder problems for years afterwards, Foss still played eight more seasons in major tournaments.
Fosse’s three seasons in Auckland included World Series victories in 1973 and 1974, and this led to a long relationship with the A players after retirement. Foss called Games A on television and radio from 1986 until last summer, becoming the voice of baseball athletics for a generation of Bay Area fans.
Many friends, fans, players and colleagues pay tribute on social media, paying tribute to Foss’s legacy in the sport and his personal friendship with many of the game’s participants.