Ray FosseyThe team, which spent 35 years broadcasting the Auckland Athletics Games after a 12-year career in Major League Baseball, has died at the age of 74, a team statement said. He had been battling cancer for 16 years.
Fossey retired from the broadcast booth in August, telling fans in a statement about his battle with cancer. Given my current medical condition, I’m taking an immediate step away from A&N Sports California to focus on my treatment and stay with my family in the meantime. My wife, Carol, and I thank the baseball community, and the community at large, for your thoughts and prayers.
Before becoming a broadcaster, Foss spent a dozen years as an MLB catcher. He started his career with the Cleveland Indians, forming an All-Star team in 1970 and 1971. Her first appearance became part of the baseball story, as she clashed with Cincinnati Reds’ infielder Pat Rose on the home plate. In a play on the plate, he violated the display of a gentleman by placing a barrel on the fossa.
Fosse suffered a broken and fractured shoulder in the game, which reduced him to the rest of his playing career. He later played for the Oakland A, Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers. He completed his career with .256 / .306 / .367 line (90 OPS +) and 61 home runs. He also won a pair of Gold Gloss Awards and was considered for the 1971 American League Most Valuable Player Award.
Details of the memorial projects were not immediately available.
Auckland A’s statement on Ray Fossey: pic.twitter.com/88iUI6XEL3.
– Auckland A (th Athletics) October 14, 2021.