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Marion's Ray Fosse Passes Away at Age 74

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Ray Fosse in his broadcasting days with the Oakland A's.

Marion native and former Saluki and Major League Baseball player Ray Fosse has passed away at the age of 74.

The announcement was made Wednesday night.

In August, Fosse announced he'd been silently battling cancer for the past 16 years as he stepped away from his duties as a broadcaster for the Oakland A's to focus on his treatment and be with his family.

Fosse made his Major League Baseball debut in 1967 and played his final game with Milwaukee in 1979. He joined the A’s as a player in 1973 and won two World Series championships. He began his broadcasting career with the A’s in 1986.

He's best known for the final play of the 1970 All-Star Game. Fosse was injured in a collision with Pete Rose at home plate.

Initial X-rays revealed no fractures or other damage, but a re-examination the following year found Fosse had sustained a fractured and separated shoulder, which healed incorrectly, causing chronic pain that never entirely resolved.