Shown here is the signature of Rich Gossage in the form of an endorsement on the back of the check from the previous image.
Interestingly, the check is drawn on October 7, 1978, a memorable date for Gossage and the Yankees. The Yankees took the field in New York against the Kansas City Royals in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. One win away from earning a World Series berth the Yankees were clinging to a 2-1 lead.
Starter Ron Guidry went out to the mound in hopes of recording the last three outs in the 9th inning. Amos Otis the Royals centerfielder greeted Guidry by hitting a double to left. New York manager went to the mound and motioned to the bullpen calling for Gossage.
With the game game on the line, Gossage struck out Clint Hurdle and got Darrell Porter to lift a harmless ball to center field for the second out. The next batter was pinch hitter Pete LaCock. After Gossage put him in an 0-2 hole, La Cock lifted the next pitch to outfield where it nestled safely into the glove of left fielder Gary Thomasson. The game was over and the Yankees were on their way to the 1978 Fall Classic where they would defeat the Dodgers for their 21st World Series title.
It was the first post season save for Gossage. The Yankees went on to defeat the Dodgers to give Gossage his only World Series ring.