Wulf: The place where Ray Fosse and Pete Rose collide

From SABR member Steve Wulf at ESPN.com on July 9, 2015:

As longtime Oakland A’s broadcaster Ray Fosse sits in the visiting dugout at Fenway Park before a recent game, his mind is 1,200 miles away, in the town of Marion, Illinois.

“The first thing I think of is Pauline’s Pies,” he says. “Pauline was my mom, and she had this business, Pauline’s Pies. The week before Thanksgiving, she would bake 80 to 100 pies, and her most popular pie was the Moon Apple, this big, juicy apple pie covered in glaze that would erupt like a volcano when you baked it.

“They had a day for me after the A’s won the World Series in 1973, a parade and a presentation and a big dinner that night. The town basically shut down. They named the park after me, the same one where my brothers and I played. We’d ride our bikes there, gloves on our handlebars. But the best part of the day was when they gave my mother a new double-door oven so that she could bake two pies at once. More Moon Apples for everyone.”

Read the full article here: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/13223207/ray-fosse-pete-rose-all-star-game-collision-shook-marion-ill

Originally published: July 9, 2015. Last Updated: July 9, 2015.