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Ravens, Orioles superfan Mo Gaba has passed away

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Baltimore was dealt a tough blow on Tuesday night as it was announced that one of the city’s most beloved figures, Mo Gaba passed away after a long battle with cancer. Mo was an exceptional young man who despite facing extremely difficult circumstances from an early age, showed a remarkable sense of optimism and passion for life.

He showed this passion in his love for sports, first making waves by calling into Baltimore’s CBS Sports radio affiliate 105.7 The Fan where he became known for his colorful predictions and immediate rapport with station host Jeremy Conn. The two struck up an in person friendship that led to a deep bond over their years of knowing each other, and Jeremy deserves a ton of credit for helping to push Mo’s story out there for the world to see.

Appearances at Ravens and Orioles games, training camp practices, and even his own radio show were some of the many highlights that Mo got to experience. He’s left an indelible mark on both organizations with the Orioles announcing he’ll be entering the team Hall of Fame, and the Ravens rolling out many honors of their own for him.

He also developed individual relationships with several players across both teams, many of which reached out on social media to share their condolences, and express their gratitude for having met such a strong young man.

The main sentiment surrounding Mo has always been that his positive attitude was infectious, and that was echoed on Tuesday as many took to social media to express gratitude that they were able to witness it. If there’s anything to take away from Mo Gaba’s life, it’s that positivity can and always will trump the negative - that’s a legacy to be proud of.