Oakland Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty’s mother, Gretchen Piscotty, died late Sunday night at her home after a year-long battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Stephen Piscotty took a leave of absence from the St. Louis Cardinals one year ago shortly after his mother was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease that was thrust into the national spotlight after New York Yankees star Lou Gehrig passed away from the disease in 1941.
Piscotty is from the Bay Area and when the St. Louis Cardinals heard the news that his mother was diagnosed with the disease, they traded him to the Oakland A’s so that he could be closer to his ailing mother.
“We’ve always had that special bond, because she was always watching me so closely. That strengthened our relationship,’ said Piscotty in an interview earlier this year. “It’s hard to describe, but just by raising me, she gave me everything.”
“She’s so balanced and so fun and pokes fun at us, and she reminds us there is more to life than baseball,” he said.
Before spring training, since his mother’s disease quickly advanced, he bought her an RV so she could camp out near the team during spring training.
“With or without the illness, I’m very grateful they’re all close by,” said Gretchen Piscotty during that time. “I wish this wasn’t impacting them, impacting the family, but I’m very grateful to see them. They’re all very tender and caring and gentle with me.”
“The Athletics organization extends its deepest condolences to the Piscotty family on the loss of Gretchen,” said A’s executive vice president Billy Beane. “She was a devoted wife and mother, whose legacy will live on through her husband, Mike, and their sons Stephen, Austin, and Nick.”
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the ALS Therapy Development Institute via youcaring.com/piscotty.