Marion native, MLB star Ray Fosse dies at 74
BREAKING | 10/13/2021 | 8:05 p.m.
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - Marion, Illinois native and former MLB player Ray Fosse has passed away, according to a statement from the Oakland Athletics.
"The Oakland A's are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Ray Fosse. Few people epitomize what it means to be an Athletic more than Ray. He was the type of franchise icon who always made sure every player, coach, colleague, and fan knew that they were part of the Oakland A's family. We send our deepest condolences to Carol, Nikki and Lindsey, his family and friends during this difficult time. We'll miss you, Ray."
According to a statement from his wife, Carol, Fosse passed away following a silent battle with cancer over the past 16 years.
Recently retired, Fosse was also behind the Oakland A's broadcast booth since 1986, first debuting in the MLB in 1967 for the Cleveland Indians.
Fosse grew up in Marion, Illinois where Ray Fosse Park was named in tribute to him. Fosse was 74.