OAKLAND (TBEN SF) – Ray Fosse, a legendary Oakland A host and wide receiver during the 1970s team dynasty, has died after a long battle with cancer, his family announced Wednesday.
“It is with a heavy heart that Carol Fosse, the wife of Ray Fosse of 51 years, shares the sad news that Ray Fosse lost his battle with cancer on October 13, 2021 after fighting it in silence for 16 years. Carol and her daughters, Nikki and Lindsey, send their love to their family, friends and fans who mourn her loss with them, ”her family said in a statement. Fosse was 74 years old.
The A’s also released a statement, which read in part, “Few people embody what it means to be athletic better than Ray. He was the kind of franchise icon who always made sure every player, coach, colleague and fan knew they were part of the Oakland A family.
Oakland A statement on Ray Fosse: pic.twitter.com/88iUI6XEL3
– Oakland A (@Athletics) October 14, 2021
Fosse, who had been on the team’s radio and television shows since 1986, walked away from the broadcast booth in August after publicly revealing his cancer diagnosis.
Born in 1947, Fosse made his MLB debut in September 1967 for the Cleveland Indians. During his 12-year career, he was a two-time All-Star Champion, two-time World Series champion with the A’s in 1973 and 1974, and a Gold Glove Award winner.