Baltimore Superfan’s beloved Moe Gaba died of cancer on Tuesday. He was 14 years old.
A frequent call on a sports talk-radio show, Gaba became an inspirational figure to the players on the Orioles and Ravens for his positive attitude and selflessness.
Last year in the NFL draft, Gaba made history by becoming the first person to announce a selection from a card written in Braille script. On Tuesday, hours before he died, he was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame.
“The world has lost a beautiful soul and a shining light,” Ravens coach John Harbag said. “With his infectious laugh, amazing love of life, and love of the Baltimore game, Moe captured the hearts of not only our organization, but the entire state of Maryland.”
Gaba’s celebrity in Baltimore began five years ago when she secretly called 105.7 The Fan while her mother was at work. Soon, he was throwing out the first pitch before an Orioles game and in practice called a play inside the Ravens huddle, resulting in a Lamar Jackson touchdown pass.
Thanks for everything, Moe.
rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/D64p1Nm2Hj
– Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) July 29, 2020
Gaba grew close with Orioles outfielder Trey Mennini, who is undergoing chemotherapy treatment after removing a cancerous tumor from his colon in March. Mancini spent a full day with Gaba during the All-Star break two years ago.
“Your kindness, bravery and positivity has left a lasting impression on all of us who were lucky to have met you” Mansini said Tuesday night. “You really made this world a better place.”
It is estimated that Gaba spent 75 percent of her life in hospitals. His mother Sonsi first discovered Gaba’s health-related issues at the age of 9 months, when she noticed that her eyes looked white in a photo taken at a family gathering. He was diagnosed with a malignant tumor of the retina and soon lost his sight.
Gaba underwent surgery, aggressive chemotherapy, radiation, and a bone marrow transplant to treat tumors in his neck, legs and lungs.
Less than two months ago, scans showed that the cancer had spread to his lungs and brain.
“I lost my best friend today,” Gaba’s mom posted on social media. “Your legacy will remain on the love bug.”
Six weeks ago, Gaba’s eighth grade graduation car parade was celebrated, with Mancini, Oroles catcher Austin Vince, Revons offensive lineman Bradley Bozman and the Revance marching band. Gaba was presented with a montage video featuring several Orioles and Ravens greeting him.
“He will never know how many lives he touched,” said Ravens guard Ben Powers, who was selected in the fourth round in 2019 After Gaba announced the pick. “He will always hold a special place in my heart.”
On Tuesday, Gaba became only the second fan to be inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame. While lying in bed, he was to read the announcement.
Our most dedicated fan is always with us in our hall of fame. pic.twitter.com/usFYQk7s0p
– Baltimore Orioles @ (@Orioles) 28 July 2020
“Moe Gaba, you have brought great joy to so many people,” former Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said. “Your legacy will remain as a positive young man who never made any excuses and wanted your team to work hard. You are such an inspiration. Fell at ease. You will be missed!”