Ray Fosse, a powerful armed catcher whose career was reversed when he was beaten by Pete Rose in the 1970 All-Star game, died Wednesday. He was 74 years old.
Carol Fosse, a 51-year-old wife, said in an online statement that she died after 16 years of cancer attacks. She didn’t say where he died.
Fosse was Cleveland’s up-and-coming talent when he created his first All-Star team at the age of 23 in 1970. He fought 16 and 45 home runs in the All-Star Break. He hit .307 with 18 of his career’s best home runs that year. He also abandoned 55% of the attempted base stealers and won the first of two Gold Glove Awards.
In the 12 innings of the All-Star game at Rose’s home field, Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Rose struck a barrel over Fosse, broke his left shoulder and separated, winning.
Immediately after the incident, the X-ray was negative and Fosse did not miss the play time. Two days after the all-star round, he caught nine innings in a match in Kansas City, even though he couldn’t lift his left arm overhead. It was later discovered that his shoulders had not healed properly.
Rose was widely criticized for believing that many were playing unnecessarily violently in exhibition games. He later defended himself, saying, “If you can’t get a bag, there’s no point in slipping into it.”
Fosse recreated the All-Star team in 1971. But he never became an all-star again and hadn’t had as good a season as 1970 in his 12-year career in Cleveland, Auckland, Seattle and Milwaukee.
Traded to Oakland in 1973, he helped Athletics win two World Series championships. He finished his career in 924 games with an average batting average of .256 and 61 home runs.
Raymond Earl Fosse was born on April 4, 1947 in Marion, Illinois. He was selected in the first round of the Cleveland draft in 1965 and made his major league debut two years later.
In addition to his wife, his survivors include two daughters, Nikki and Lindsey.
Fosse became an athletics broadcaster in 1986 and continued to work until the 2021 season.
In 2015, 40 years after the incident, Fosse told The Associated Press that he had arthritis, had undergone five knee surgeries, and had stiff shoulders and stiff shoulders.
Of course, he knew it wasn’t from Rose’s blow in the All-Star game. Much of it was the result of the rigors of being a catcher.
“At that time, no one said,’Don’t play,'” he said. “I continued. That’s what I take pride in.”
He once said that his clash with Rose was “something people keep talking about, whether they were alive at the time or watching the video and seeing the results.”
“There were some bigger blows,” he added, but “just because it was an All-Star game, they always vote for the highlights or low-lights of the All-Star game, and it’s It seems to always be at the top of what people talk about. “
The New York Times contributed to the report.