Baltimore superfan Mo Gaba died of cancer on Tuesday. He was 14 years old.
A frequent caller of audio radio shows, Gaba has become an inspiring figure for Orioles and Ravens players for his positive attitude and selflessness.
While preparing for the NFL project last year, Gaba made history by becoming the first person to announce a selection from a card written in Braille. He was admitted to the Orioles Hall of Fame on Tuesday, a few hours before his death.
“The world has lost a beautiful spirit and a shining light,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “With her contagious laughter, wonderful love of life, and love for the sports of Baltimore, Mo has captivated the hearts not only of our organizations, but of the entire state of Maryland.”;
Gaba’s celebrity in Baltimore began five years ago when he secretly called “105.7 The Fan” while his mother was working. He soon threw the first pitch against the Orioles and called for a Ravens club game as a result of Lamar Jackson’s shot.
Thanks for everything, Mo.
Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/D64p1Nm2Hj
– Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens), 2020 July 29
Gaba grew up with Orioles representative Trey Mancini, who is being treated with chemotherapy after March. A cancerous tumor was removed from his colon. Mancini spent the whole day with Gaba during the All-Star break two years ago.
“Your kindness, courage and positivity have left a lasting impact on all of us who have been fortunate enough to meet you,” Mancini said Tuesday night. “You’ve really made this world a better place.”
It is estimated that Gaba spent 75 percent of his life in hospitals. His mother, Sonsy, first discovered Gaba’s health problems at the age of 9 months when she noticed that her eyes looked white in a photo taken during a family reunion. He was diagnosed with a malignant tumor of the retina and soon lost his sight.
Talents included surgery, aggressive chemotherapy, radiation, and bone marrow transplantation to treat tumors on the 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,” Gabo’s mother announced on social media. “Your inheritance will live on the error of love.”
Six weeks ago, Gaba’s eighth-grade graduation was celebrated with a car parade featuring Mancini, Oriole catcher Austin Wynns, Ravens attacker Bradley Bozeman and marching group Ravens. Gabai was presented with a montage video featuring several Oriola and Ravenna wishing him the best.
“He will never know how many lives he has touched,” said Ravens defender Ben Powers, who was selected in the fourth round in 2019, after Gaba announced his choice. “He will always have a special place in my heart.”
On Tuesday, Gaba became only the second fan admitted to the Orioles Hall of Fame. Lying in bed, he had to read a message.
The most devoted fan is forever with us at our Hall of Fame. pic.twitter.com/usFYQk7s0p
– Baltimore Orioles 😷 (@Orioles), 2020 July 28
“Mo Gaba, you came with so much joy, so many people,” said former Orioles striker Adam Jones. “Your legacy will live on as a positive young man who never made an excuse and wanted your team to play hard. You are such an inspiration. Relax easily, great friend. You will be missed!”