Photos: Remembering the late Oakland A’s legend Ray Fosse through the years
It was a sad day for the Oakland Athletics and baseball fans all over as the longtime team’s broadcaster and catcher Ray Fosse died Wednesday. He was 74.
The longtime A’s stalwart battled cancer for 16 years, but his baseball legacy where he spent three of his 12 major league season in Oakland and won two World Series titles will endure. Although his tenure as a player was short, his imprint on the team lasted decades. He worked with play-by-play announcer Ken Korach in the booth for 26 years.
Here are images of Fosse’s career as baseball player and as a broadcaster that made him so memorable to fans.
As catcher Ray Fosse, left photo, attempts to tag Bud Harrelson (3) of New York Mets as Harrelson tags home in tenth inning of World Series game in Oakland, Sunday, Oct. 14, 1973. Harrelson, right photo, vaults into air after tagging home as Willie Mays, center, looks straight at Fosse. Umpire Augie Donatelli ruled Harrelson out, to objection of Mays. (AP Photo)
Oakland Athletics catcher Ray Fosse (10), Sal Bando, left, and pitcher Darold Knowles embrace each other after the A’s beat the New York Mets, 5-2, to win the World Series in Oakland, Ca., Oct. 21, 1973. The A’s capture the World Baseball Championship for the second time in a row. (AP Photo)
FILE – In this July 14, 1970, file photo, National League’s Pete Rose slams into American League catcher Ray Fosse to score the winning run during the 12th inning of the baseball All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Looking on are third base coach Leo Durocher, and on-deck batter Dick Dietz (2). Fosse, the strong-armed catcher whose career was upended when he was bowled over by Rose in the All-Star Game, has died. He was 74. Carol Fosse, his wife of 51 years, said in a statement Fosse died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, after a 16-year bout with cancer. (AP Photo, File)
Kansas City Royals’ Hal McRae, right, collides with Mariners’ catcher Ray Fosse at the plate, Sept. 20, 1977. Fosse was unhurt on this play where he tagged McRae out. (AP Photo)
Oakland Athletics’ Michael Choice (32) is interviewed by Ray Fosse before playing the San Francisco Giants during their Cactus League game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium in Phoenix, Ariz., on Friday, March 1, 2013. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)
Oakland Athletics 1974 World Series teammates Jim Holt, left, and Ray Fosse share a candid moment during a reunion in the Eastside Club before the MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, May 30, 2014. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
Ray Fosse chats with Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin (6) before playing the Minnesota Twins at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Oakland defeated Minnesota 8-6. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez, left, jokes with Oakland Athletics television commentator Ray Fosse as the Rockies warm up before facing the Athletics in a baseball game Friday, July 27, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
PHOENIX – MARCH 4: Oakland Athletics anouncers Ray Fosse (L) and Ken Korach (C) watch warm ups before the MLB spring training game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on March 4, 2005 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Brewers won 12-8. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Oakland Athletics 1974 World Series teammates John “Blue Moon” Odom, left, Jim Holt and Ray Fosse share a candid moment during a reunion in the Eastside Club before the MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, May 30, 2014. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
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Author: Gieson Cacho EastBayTimes