Rich “Goose” Gossage… Is a Hall Of Fame reliever who played for 9 different teams during his 22 year career. He was a nine-time All-Star, had 8 World Series saves and was the second pitcher to get to 300 saves (but currently ranks 20th on the all-time list).
In 1976, Rich Gossage… became a starter after leading the AL in saves in 1975. Although he threw 15 complete games and appeared in the All-Star game for the second time, he also lost 17 games (second that year only to Nolan Ryan’s 18). The 64-97 White Sox had 4 pitchers with double-digit losses that year, including Terry Forster, another reliever posing as a starter for that one season.
After the 1976 season, Gossage and Forster would be traded to the Pirates for Richie Zisk – all three players would be free agents after the 1977 season.
Shea-o-meter: It could be Shea… but I’m not sure so I’ll put it down as “Can’t Tell”. Feel free to convince me otherwise.
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 7
Can’t tell: 7
Not Shea: 5
Betcha didn’t know… Gossage pitched a season in Japan with the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks. According to baseball-reference.com, he was the first player to have spent time in Japan who got voted into the Hall by the BBWAA.
Stupid Goose Gossage Facts… Gossage played for 9 different teams, but only had one uniform number the whole time… this is what happens when the number in question is 54.