BORN: July 5, 1951 Colorado Springs, Colorado
HEIGHT: 6'3" WEIGHT: 225 BATS: R THROWS: R
HIGH SCHOOL: Wasson (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
He played 21 seasons for nine different teams, spending his best years with the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres,
before retiring in 1994. In the late 1970's and early 1980's, Goose Gossage was one of the earliest manifestations of the
dominating closer, with wild facial hair and a gruff demeanor to go along with his blistering fastball.
During his career, Gossage pitched in 1,002 games and finished 681 of them and earned 310 saves. He made nine All-Star appearances and
pitched in three World Series. He led the American League in saves in 1975 (26), 1978 (27) and 1980 (33).
He holds the New York Yankees career record for ERA (2.14) and hits per nine innings (6.59). One difference between Gossage and more recent
closers is that Gossage often pitched as many as three innings to finish a game, while modern closers typically pitch the ninth inning only.
Gossage lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his wife Corna, and is active in the community promoting and sponsoring youth
sports. His three sons Jeff, Keith and Todd also live in Colorado and enjoy hunting, fishing and golf with their dad. Corna is an avid hiker. In 1995, the City of Colorado Springs dedicated the Rich "Goose" Gossage Youth Sports Complex, which
features five fields for youth baseball and softball competition.
He has written an autobiography, released in 2000, entitled The Goose is Loose (Ballantine: New York).
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