Ray Fosse remembered fondly during the Giants-A’s weekend series

Memories of Ray Fosse will fill the Coliseum during this weekend’s Giants-A’s series.

Fosse spent three seasons (1973-75) as a catcher for the Oakland Athletics and then worked as an A’s broadcaster for 36 years (1986-2021). He died of cancer on Oct. 13 at 74.

Before Saturday’s game, the A’s will present Fosse’s wife, Carol, with the second annual Monte Moore Award, given for outstanding broadcasting. Fans at Saturday’s game will receive a Fosse patch.

In a pregame ceremony Sunday, the A’s will induct their Hall of Fame Class of 2022: Fosse, third basemen Sal Bando and Eric Chavez, left fielder Joe Rudi, longtime director of player development Keith Lieppman and longtime clubhouse manager Steve Vucinich.

“I’m thankful that it’s against the Giants and there are going to be big crowds this weekend,” A’s radio broadcaster Vince Cotroneo said, “and (the fans) get a chance to express their gratitude and their love and a chance, in some ways, to say goodbye to Ray.”

Said Cotroneo’s broadcast partner, Ken Korach: “I so respected the fact (Fosse) didn’t rest on his laurels as a former player. He worked really hard. He was diligent. He kept these giant notebooks on every team, every player. He kept voluminous notes.

For decades, Fosse did interviews for the A’s pregame radio show. As a tribute to him, the A’s have re-aired many of those interviews in pregame shows this season.

“All the times that he did interviews, he did more than just ask about the 3-2 pitch,” Cotroneo said. “He asked about family. He asked about their life. He asked about parents. I think that just spoke to the way he thought of things.”

Fosse did the bulk of his broadcasting in the A’s TV booth, working next to play-by-play announcer Glen Kuiper for nearly two decades.

Glen Kuiper (left) and Ray Fosse during a 2013 game.

Michael Zagaris/Getty Images 2013

“Coming to the ballpark this year is strange. It’s different,” Kuiper said. “It’s been hard and it’s bittersweet every day because he’s such a big part of the A’s, but he was a big part of my life. I sat next to him in the booth, on the plane, on the bus. There’s a lot going on there. I miss him every day.

Fosse played on three division-winning and two World Series-winning teams in Oakland. His love of the green and gold, in particular, and of the game of baseball, in general, informed his approach to broadcasting.

Oakland catcher Ray Fosse (10), third baseman Sal Bando (left) and pitcher Darold Knowles embrace after the A's beat the Mets 5-2 in Game 7 of the 1973 World Series.

Oakland catcher Ray Fosse (10), third baseman Sal Bando (left) and pitcher Darold Knowles embrace after the A’s beat the Mets 5-2 in Game 7 of the 1973 World Series.

/Associated Press 1973

“I will say this, and it sounds a little trite: He loved baseball. I don’t know of anyone that I’ve ever known who loved the game any more than Ray or maybe even as much as Ray,” Korach said.

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