Private funeral services for Ray Fosse of Diablo, California, and Scottsdale, Arizona were held with a Catholic Mass and burial in Carefree, Arizona on October 23, 2021.
Mr. Fosse had silently battled cancer for 16 years. After being hospitalized at Mayo Clinic, Ray returned home where he passed away on October 13, 2021, at age 74. He was surrounded by his wife and family.
Ray Fosse loved God, family, friends, and baseball. His love for baseball began at the age of five in Marion, Illinois where he played Little League. He was loved by his wife of 51 years, Carol, their daughters, Nikki and Lindsey, and four grandchildren, Matthew, Joseph, Madeline, and Abigail. Family, friends, and baseball fans from across America loved listening to Ray tell historic baseball stories.
Ray was a two-time Major League All-Star catcher and Emmy award-winning broadcaster. 2021 was his 35th year on radio and 32nd year as the A’s game analyst for Comcast and NBC Sports California. As a 12-year Major League Baseball veteran, Ray played with the Cleveland Indians, Oakland A’s, Seattle Mariners, and Milwaukee Brewers. He started his baseball career when he signed with the Cleveland Indians as their top draft pick in 1965. Ray was in the Army Reserves during the Vietnam War and attended Southern Illinois University. In 1970 Ray received the Rawlings Gold Glove award as the best defensive catcher in the American League and was voted Co-Man of the year for the Cleveland Indians. In 1971 Ray received his second Rawlings Gold Glove award. He was traded to the Oakland A’s in 1973 and played in the 1973 and 1974 World Series.
Following the Oakland A’s World Series, the town of Marion, Illinois honored Ray, Carol, and Ray‘s mother, Pauline, with a parade, dinner, and a park named Ray Fosse Park. In 2001, Cleveland Indians’ veteran writers, historians and executives chose Ray Fosse as one of the 100 greatest players in Cleveland Indians’ history. In 2018, Ray was on the Oakland A’s 50th-anniversary team. Ray was also inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.
Ray Fosse, beloved husband, loving father, and grandfather is survived by his wife, Carol Fosse, their daughters, Nikki and Lindsey, four grandchildren, two sons-in-law, and his brother, Jerry Fosse.
The family requests donations be made to The Ray Fosse Memorial Fund.
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