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Goose Gossage

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Biography:

Rich “Goose” Gossage is arguably recognized as the greatest relief pitcher of all-time. With his unwavering scorching hot fastball Goose was able to retire pitchers seemingly as soon as they stepped to the plate. His tough demeanor paired with his wild facial hair gave Goose the confidence he would need to be brave enough to throw the same pitch each time a new batter arrived in the box.

Sports speaker Rich “Goose” Gossage was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 9th round of the 1970 MLB draft. He was not considered a real threat until he got his real first chance with the team in 1975 leading the AL in saves. In 1977 he became a free agent and signed with the New York Yankees, the team on which Goose would have much of his success. The next year Goose led the AL in saves yet again while conquering the league to become the World Series Champions. A few years later he signed to the Padres and would eventually lead them to play in another World Series. Goose is considered to be one of the pioneers of relief pitching. Most relievers enter the game around the 9th inning to close it out; however Goose had the talent and remarkable consistency to play three or more innings while still ending the game with a win. It was amazing to see him astonish and retire batter after batter with the same fastball. He is a 9x all-star selection which was the most by a closer until Mariano Rivera broke the record.

Goose is very active in the Colorado Springs community. He sponsors and promotes youth sports around the city. Colorado Springs named the Rich “Goose” Gossage Youth Sports Complex after him. The facility houses 5 outdoor fields made for baseball and softball contests. In 2000 Goose released an autobiography entitled The Goose on the Loose. He was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Yankees will honor him with a plaque for his contribution to the game in 2014.