Ray Fosse, catcher knocked over by Pete Rose at 1970 All-Star Game, dies at 74

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Ray Fosse, the catcher who was bowled over by Pete Rose in the 1970 All-Star Game, has died at the age of 74.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Ray Fosse, the strong-armed catcher whose career was upended when he was bowled over by Pete Rose at the 1970 All-Star Game, has died. He was 74.

Carol Fosse, his wife of 51 years, said in a statement online that Fosse died Wednesday after a 16-year bout with cancer.

Fosse was a budding talent for Cleveland when he made his first All-Star team as a 23-year-old in 1970, the same year he hit .307 with a career-high 18 homers and won the first of two Gold Gloves while throwing out 55% of attempted base stealers.

Rose barreled over him to score the winning run in the 12th inning of the exhibition at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium. Fosse fractured and separated his left shoulder, and he told The Associated Press in 2015 his body still ached 45 years later.

"As much as it's shown, I don't have to see it on TV as a replay to know what happened. It's fresh," he said.

In this July 14, 1970, file photo, Pete Rose, left, is hugged by teammate Dick Dietz while catcher Ray Fosse lies injured on the ground after Rose crashed into Fosse to score the game-winning run in the baseball All-Star Game in Cincinnati. AP

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