Hours after the Orioles inducted him into the team’s hall of fame, 14-year-old Baltimore sports superfan Mossila “Mo” Gaba died, according to multiple reports. He was battling cancer for the fifth time.
Baltimore sports fans first got to know Gaba through his many calls to the sports radio station 105.7 the Fan starting in 2015. They also learned Gaba went through many medical issues in his young life, starting with a malignant tumor at 9 months old that cost him his eyesight.
But Gaba was always joyful and humorous in spite of those challenges, and his love for the Ravens and Orioles shown through.
Over the years, the teams brought Gaba to games, practices and other events to meet with some of his favorite players. In 2019, the Ravens brought Gaba onstage at the Inner Harbor to announce the fourth-round selection of guard Ben Powers during the NFL Draft–the first time in league history a pick was read from a Braille card.
Shortly after news of Gaba’s death came out, both teams shared tribute videos highlighting their time spent with the boy.
Forever a Raven.
We love you, Mo. 💜 pic.twitter.com/iQisDcoaIc
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) July 29, 2020
Forever #MoStrong 🖤
Thank you, Mo, for sharing your joy and contagious laughter with the team and all the countless memories we will never forget. pic.twitter.com/3JDifNIMmh
— Baltimore Orioles 😷 (@Orioles) July 29, 2020
Messages from individual players soon followed. A common theme: Orioles and Ravens players admired Gaba’s perseverance and infectious laugh.
Below are some of the social media posts they shared.
Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini
Rest In Peace, my friend. Your kindness, bravery, and positivity has left a lasting impact on all of us who were lucky enough to have met you. You have truly made this world a better place. We love you, Mo. pic.twitter.com/QzXMFFyG5S
— Trey Mancini (@TreyMancini) July 29, 2020
Orioles legend and broadcaster Jim Palmer
So sorry to hear of the passing of Mo Gaba. What a young man! So full of fight, spirit, a passion to live his life to the fullest. Just think of the company he will share in Heaven. They will welcome him with open arms! Go Mo #RIP @masnOrioles
— Jim Palmer (@Jim22Palmer) July 29, 2020
Orioles pitcher David Hess
Mo has been an inspiration to so many people and his memory will continue to be a reminder of being kind and joyful in every circumstance of life. The world lost an amazing person with a powerful legacy, but we are forever #MoStrong https://t.co/1xXnDroTVp
— David Hess (@hess_express28) July 29, 2020
Orioles outfielder Austin Hays
Long Live Mo! For the circumstances he was dealt he sure had a great outlook on life and an even better laugh! Baltimore will never forget you #MoStrong
— Austin Hays (@TheAustinHaysss) July 29, 2020
Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins
— Cedric Mullins (@cedmull30) July 29, 2020
Orioles starting pitcher John Means
Our prayers are with Sonsy tonight. Mo Strong forever. https://t.co/Hpqi5Zs3kL
— John Means (@JMeans25) July 29, 2020
Orioles reliever Evan Phillips
— Evan Phillips (@EvanPhillips36) July 29, 2020
Former Orioles center fielder Adam Jones
Mo GABA you have brought so much joy to so many people. You legacy will live on as a positive young man who never made an excuse and wanted your team to play hard. You’re such an inspiration. Rest easy big fella. You will be missed! #MoStrong pic.twitter.com/iwEivmSVlx
— 10 (@SimplyAJ10) July 29, 2020
Former Orioles reliever Zack Britton
Nothing I write can sum up how inspirational this young man was to me. His courage and grace has left a lasting impact on so many people. I’ll miss seeing his smile and hearing the joy in his voice. You made us all better Mo. We will never forget you. https://t.co/h8sJfie0lA
— Zack Britton (@zbritton) July 29, 2020
Ravens guard Ben Powers
Honored to share this special moment with Mo. He’ll never know how many lives he touched. He will always have a special place in my heart. Rest In Peace Mo💜 https://t.co/oHsY3I2Xws
— Bennett Powers (@BigBen_72) July 29, 2020
Ravens legend Ray Lewis
An absolute honor to be able to pray with Mo just a few short weeks ago. What an inspirational young man and a life well lived! Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Rest in Peace my little buddy pic.twitter.com/c7LWvekyYS
— Ray Lewis (@raylewis) July 29, 2020
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh
"The world has lost a beautiful spirit and a shining light. With his infectious laugh, amazing love of life and love of Baltimore sports, Mo captured the hearts of not only our organization, but the entire state of Maryland." pic.twitter.com/xPvHKHfsjr
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) July 29, 2020
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker
Miss you already, bud. Thank you for blessing us with your spirit! https://t.co/JKDZMubJQi
— Justin Tucker (@jtuck9) July 29, 2020
Ravens quarterback Trace McSorley
💜 Rest East Mo 🙏🏼 https://t.co/Bg1HCpVjhs
— Trace McSorley (@McSorley_IX) July 29, 2020
Ravens wide receiver Willie Snead IV
— Willie Snead IV (@Willie_Snead4G) July 29, 2020
Former Ravens cornerback Maurice Canady
Rip Mo was a privilege to have met your beautiful soul 🙏🏾🙏🏾
— 444 (@MauriceCanady26) July 29, 2020
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