Baltimore athletes pay tribute to superfan ‘Mo’ Gaba

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Mossila “Mo” Gaba, right, poses for a picture with Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini before a 2018 Orioles game. Credit: Todd Olszewski/Baltimore Orioles

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.

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

Orioles legend and broadcaster Jim Palmer

Orioles pitcher David Hess

Orioles outfielder Austin Hays 

Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins

Orioles starting pitcher John Means

Orioles reliever Evan Phillips

Former Orioles center fielder Adam Jones

Former Orioles reliever Zack Britton

Ravens guard Ben Powers

Ravens legend Ray Lewis

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker

Ravens quarterback Trace McSorley

Ravens wide receiver Willie Snead IV

Former Ravens cornerback Maurice Canady


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