Goose Gossage

Birthdate7/5/1951
Death Date
Debut Year1972
Year of Induction2008
Teams Athletics, Cubs, Giants, Marlins, Padres, Pirates, Rangers, White Sox, Yankees
Position Pitcher

The second MLB pitcher to record 300 save, Rich “Goose” Gossage pitched in 1,002 games, finished 681 of them and earned 310 career saves.

 

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Goose had a rough outing vs. the Brewers in '73; here's the document sending him to minors the next day

Goose had a rough outing vs. the Brewers in '73; here's the document sending him to minors the next day

Still considered a rookie in just his 46th career game Rich “Goose” Gossage got lit up on Monday June 17th, 1973. Stan Bahnsen started the contest and gave up six runs in the first two innings. White Sox manager Chuck Tanner tabbed Gossage to start the third. Goose had a tough time again
Brewers manager Del Crandall reflects on Gossage and that day

Brewers manager Del Crandall reflects on Gossage and that day

An 8-time All Star Del Crandall enjoyed a 16-year career as a Major League catcher. He also managed over 800 games. Crandall was the manager of the Brewers the day they lit up Goose Gossage. In this handwritten letter the skipper reflects on that game and on Gossage. He writes in part, “The t
Reliever Gossage loved playing and says,

Reliever Gossage loved playing and says, "even the homers were great"

This short four-question questionnaire is filled out entirely in the hand of Rich “Goose” Gossage. When asked about his greatest accomplishment Gossage writes, “Consistency, doing it year in and year out.” As for legacy, Gossage says, “…I contributed to the game a
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Rich "Goose" Gossage 1978 Yankee payroll check - dated when Gossage got his first post season save

The above check is drawn on a memorable date in Yankee history. On October 7, 1978 Goose Gossage and 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
Gossage played for 9 teams; his best seasons came in New York

Gossage played for 9 teams; his best seasons came in New York

Rich Gossage enjoyed his best years in New York, recording 151 saves and a 42-28 win-loss record in seven seasons. The second pitcher to record 300 career saves, Gossage was among the most intimidating closers in the game. In eight post-season appearances Gossage went 2-1 with 8 saves and a 2.87 earned run average. Upon leaving the Yankees after the 1983 season, Gossage arrived in San Diego.

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