Goose Gossage Biography

(Baseball Player)

Birthday: July 5, 1951 (Cancer)

Born In: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

"Goose" Gossage is an American retired 'Major League Baseball' (MLB) player. A right-handed relief pitcher, he has pitched for nine different teams in his illustrious 22-year baseball career (1972–1994). Gossage's most successful years were with the 'New York Yankees' and the 'San Diego Padres.' He has made nine 'All-Star’ appearances and pitched in the 'World Series’ thrice. He mostly pitched in about 3 innings to finish a game, whereas closers these days typically pitch in the ninth inning. Gossage sported wild facial hair and had a gruff demeanor, both of which matched his reputation as a blistering fastball. He is highly regarded for his impactful performances in some of the most crucial matches of his career and winning the 'World Series' title seven times. Gossage has been duly inducted into the 'Baseball Hall of Fame.' Following his retirement, he turned to sports broadcasting.
Quick Facts

Also Known As: Richard Michael Gossage

Age: 71 Years, 71 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Corna

father: Jake Gossage

mother: Sue Gossage

siblings: Jack Gossage

children: Jeff, Keith, Todd

Born Country: United States

Baseball Players American Men

Height: 6'3" (190 cm), 6'3" Males

U.S. State: Colorado

City: Colorado Springs, Colorado

More Facts

education: Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus

Childhood & Early Life
Richard Michael Gossage was born on July 5, 1951, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S., to Jake and Sue Gossage. He has a brother named Jack.
He attended the 'Wasson High School' in Colorado Springs.
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Gossage was drafted into the 'Chicago White Sox' during the 1970 ‘MLB' draft. He recorded the highest number of 'American League' (AL) saves (26) in 1975.
After the 1976 season, he joined the 'Pittsburgh Pirates' as a free agent. He was then drafted by the 'New York Yankees.'
In 1978 and 1980, Gossage recovered the highest number of saves, 27 and 33, respectively. On September 3, 1978, he delivered one of the most notable performances against the 'Seattle Mariners.'
Unfortunately, he had to miss a few games with the 'Yankees' in the 1979 season, due to a thumb injury that he had sustained during a locker-room fight with teammate Cliff Johnson. Following this, 'Cy Young Award'-winner Ron Guidry voluntarily replaced him.
On October 4, 1980, Gossage earned his career's highest save, pitching the last 2 innings, defeating the 'Detroit Tigers' (with a score of 5–2 in the first game of a doubleheader). It was his 33rd save and secured the division title for the 'Yankees.'
That year, unfortunately, the 'Yankees' were defeated by the 'Kansas City Royals' after George Brett led the team to a hattrick in the 'AL Championship Series' (by hitting a 3-run homer off Gossage into the 'Yankee Stadium’). From 1976 to 1978, the 'Yankees' had defeated the 'Royals' in three consecutive ‘ALCS.’
The two players faced each other once again after almost 3 years, during the regular season. On July 24, 1983, Brett again hit off Gossage at the 'Yankee Stadium.' The game is now remembered as the "Pine Tar Game."
However, Gossage had recorded saves in all the three victorious matches of the 1981 'AL Division Series,' against the 'Milwaukee Brewers.'
In his final season with the 'Yankees' in 1983, Gossage recorded his career-high score in saves, breaking Sparky Lyle's club record of 141 saves. Later, Dave Righetti broke the record with 150 saves (in 1988).
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Gossage ended his 500-inning-long association with the 'Yankees,' scoring an ERA of 2.14 and a record hits per 9 innings (6.59) among pitchers.
He and the owner of the 'Yankees,' George Steinbrenner, never got along because of the latter's interfering attitude. In 1982, Gossage called him "the fat man upstairs." He also displayed his disappointment with the team's manager, Billy Martin, for not utilizing his skills to the fullest.
During the late 1970s and the early 1980s, while playing for the 'Yankees,' Gossage established the setup or closer configuration, which was applied until the 2010s. Ron Davis and Gossage were considered one the best pairings in ‘MLB’ at that point. The pair had recorded 77 victories off 79 games
Gossage did not resign from the 'Yankees' and continued as a free agent after the 1983 season.
He later, however, was traded to the 'San Diego Padres,' and in 1984, he secured the team's first 'World Series' win in the 'NL Championship Series.'
On August 17, 1986, Gossage eliminated Pete Rose in Rose's final major-league game as a batsman.
Before the 1988 season ended, Gossage and teammate Ray Hayward replaced Keith Moreland and Mike Brumley of the 'Chicago Cubs.' On August 6, 1988, Gossage's number of saves crossed 300. He thus became the second pitcher with the record score.
After the 'Cubs' released him in March 1989, he signed with the 'San Francisco Giants' the following month. In August, the 'Yankees' selected him back, but on “waivers.”
Gossage joined the 'Texas Rangers' in 1991, and on July 23, he recorded his 308th career save. He then signed year-long contracts with the 'Oakland Athletics' for the 1992 and the 1993 seasons.
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In 1994, Gossage signed with the 'Seattle Mariners,' and on August 4, he became the third pitcher in the history of ‘MLB’ to have played 1,000 games.
On August 8 that year, he made his last ‘MLB’ appearance, recording a save of three innings and a 14–4 win over the 'Texas Rangers.'
By the end of his career, Gossage had recorded 112 blown saves, a record that '' termed as "non-qualitative," citing him as a 'Baseball Hall of Fame' inductee.
In his career, he has pitched as a reliever in over 130 innings in three different seasons (and in three 'World Series'), pitched in 1,002 games, finished 681 of them, and recorded 310 saves. He has also appeared in nine 'All-Star’ tournaments.
Gossage was one of the best fastball pitchers of his time and was known for his pinpoint accuracy. He would sometimes pitch the slurve or the changeup.
He was known for throwing intentionally at three hitters, Ron Gant, Andrés Galarraga, and Al Bumbry. He is also known as a ''no-nonsense, no-frills pitcher," who never wasted time on the mound.
In the early 1990s, when Gossage was in his 40s, he continued to serve as a capable and intimidating setup man.
He was inducted into the 'Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame' in 2000, 'San Diego's Hall of Champions' (2006), the 'Colorado High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame' (2006), and the 'National Baseball Hall of Fame' (2008).
His autobiography, 'The Goose is Loose' ('Ballantine': New York), was released in 2000.

On July 12, 2010, Gossage coached the 'American League' team in the 'Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game’ in Anaheim, California.
On June 22, 2014, the 'Yankees' honored him with a plaque in the 'Monument Park.'
Family & Personal Life
Gossage is married to Corna and has three sons: Jeff, Keith, and Todd. Todd is a professional baseball player. Gossage lives with his family in Colorado Springs, where he actively promotes community services and youth sports.
He is an avid hiker and also enjoys hunting, fishing, and golf. Gossage owned a hamburger restaurant called 'Burgers N Sports,’ in Parker, Colorado.
In 1995, the city of Colorado Springs named the 'Rick "Goose" Gossage Youth Sports Complex' after him.
1n 1972, his 'White Sox' roommate Tom Bradley said that Gossage looked like a goose while leaning in to get the signs from the catcher. Hence, he earned the nickname "Goose." However, he is mostly referred to as "Rich" in popular media. The nickname inspired the baseball field name "Rick."

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