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Raymond Earl Fosse (born April 4, 1947 in Marionmarker, Illinoismarker) is a former Major League Baseball catcher. He was drafted in the first round of the 1965 amateur draft by the Cleveland Indians and debuted on September 8, 1967. Fosse also holds the distinction of being the Indians' first ever draft pick, as 1965 was the first year of the Major League Baseball Draft. He batted and threw right-handed.

Arguably, Ray Fosse is most famous for being bowled over by the Cincinnati Reds' Pete Rose at home plate in the last play of the 1970 All-Star Game. Rose scored the winning run, while the collision separated Fosse's right shoulder. The injury is often incorrectly cited as what caused the downfall of Fosse's career. In reality, Fosse played 42 games in the second half of 1970, and was an All-Star again in 1971. Rose asserted he was simply trying to win the game; however, he was widely criticized by some for over-aggressiveness in what essentially was an exhibition game. In a twist of fate, when Rose was sentenced to five months in prison for tax evasion, he was sent to the US penitentiarymarker in Marion, Illinois, Fosse's hometown.

What effectively ended Fosse's career happened in 1974, Fosse, by then an Oakland Athletic, suffered a far worse injury than a dislocated shoulder. On June 5 he suffered a crushed disk in his neck attempting to break up a clubhouse fight between teammates Reggie Jackson and Billy North. He was on the disabled list for three months.

He played twelve major league seasons with the Cleveland Indians (1967-1972), the Oakland Athletics (1973-1975), Cleveland again in 1976 and part of 1977, before being traded to the Seattle Mariners. He played his final season with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1979.

Fosse caught Dennis Eckersley's no-hitter versus the California Angels on May 30, 1977 as a member of the Indians. He was a member of two World Series Champion clubs: the 1973 and 1974 A's, and also a member of the inaugural Seattle Mariners team that began playing in 1977. Fosse won Gold Glove Award in 1970 and 1971.

Broadcaster

Fosse is a color commentator for the Oakland Athletics on Comcast Sports Network, KICUmarker, and occasionally on the A's radio broadcasts when the game is not on TV or is on national television. He has served as the color analyst for the Oakland Athletics' radio and television broadcasts since 1986.

References

  1. 1965 First Round Draft at mlb.com
  2. 1970 All-Star Game at Baseball Almanac
  3. Kroichick, Ron, Bowled Over, 10 July 1999, San Francisco Chronicle; accessed 28 September 2009
  4. Kroichick, Ron, Bowled Over, 10 July 1999, San Francisco Chronicle; accessed 28 September 2009
  5. Ray Fosse at Baseball Reference
  6. May 30, 1977 Angels-Indians Box Score at Baseball Reference
  7. May 30, 1977 Angels-Indians Box Score at Baseball Almanac
  8. Ray Fosse at Baseball almanac
  9. 1973 World Series at Baseball Reference
  10. 1974 World Series at Baseball Reference
  11. American League Gold Glove winners at Baseball Reference
  12. Urban, Mychael, Where have you gone, Ray Fosse?, 22 May 2002, @ mlb.com; accessed 28 September 2009


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