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Raymond Earl Fosse

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Ray Fosse played 12 seasons in the majors, winning two Gold Gloves at catcher, appearing in the 1973 and 1974 World Series with the Oakland Athletics, and being named to the All-Star team in 1970 and 1971 All-Star Game, both times as a member of the Cleveland Indians.

He is primarily remembered for being bowled over at home plate by Pete Rose in the 1970 All-Star Game. Legend has it that Fosse was never the same afterwards, but his season splits show him hitting very well through the entire summer.

1970, his first full season in the majors, was in fact his best year with the bat, as he hit .307, good for seventh in the American League. He added 18 home runs that year, his personal high.

After being the first round pick of the Cleveland Indians in the 1965 amateur draft, Fosse had two stints in the majors with the Indians, spending parts of eight seasons with them. Fosse broke in with the Indians in 1967, when they were managed by Joe Adcock in his only season as a major league manager. However, his two World Series appearances were both with Oakland. He was also part of the inaugural season of the Seattle Mariners in 1977, having been traded there in September.

He has been a broadcaster for the Oakland Athletics since 1986.

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