1976 SSPC #156 – Rich “Goose” Gossage (White Sox)

1976 SSPC #156 Rich Gossage
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.
Shea:  38
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.
1976 SSPC #156 Rich Gossage back

2 thoughts on “1976 SSPC #156 – Rich “Goose” Gossage (White Sox)

  1. There are no Japanese baseball cards of him. I keep hoping BBM will do a card of him in one of their historic sets.

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