Baltimore sports superfan Mo Gaba dies at 14

July 28, 2020 | WNST Staff

Orioles and Ravens superfan Mo Gaba has died at the age of 14 after courageously battling cancer four different times and touching countless lives.

A special visitor to Orioles and Ravens games and events over the years, Gaba was an inspiration to many with his infectious laugh and spirit despite losing his eyesight when he was just nine months old and enduring cancer throughout his life. The Glen Burnie resident was elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame as the second recipient of The Wild Bill Hagy Award hours before his death on Tuesday.

“There is no one more deserving of this incredible honor than Mo,” Orioles slugger Trey Mancini said in a team release. “Throughout his battles with cancer, Mo never lost his kind spirit, his sense of humor, or his love of the Orioles. His tremendous courage and unwavering positivity in the face of such challenging circumstances have made him an inspiration to me and so many others.

“It is fitting that Mo will now have a place in the Orioles Hall of Fame alongside some of the most iconic figures in franchise history, and for him to be honored as the recipient of the Wild Bill Hagy Award is truly special. I could not be happier for my friend, Mo, and his mother, Sonsy.”

With Gaba announcing one of their draft picks last year, the Ravens released a tribute video shortly after word of his death broke and labeled him, “Forever a Raven.”

From Adam Jones to John Harbaugh, Baltimore sports figures began offering their memories and condolences via Twitter on Tuesday night.