1973 Topps AUTOGRAPHED ROOKIE card of Baseball Hall of Famer Goose Gossage For Sale


1973 Topps AUTOGRAPHED ROOKIE card of Baseball Hall of Famer Goose Gossage


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1973 Topps AUTOGRAPHED ROOKIE card of Baseball Hall of Famer Goose Gossage:
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Richard Michael "Goose" Gossage(born July 5, 1951) is a formerMajor League Baseballright-handedrelief pitcher. During a 22-year baseball career (from 1972–1994), he pitched for nine different teams, spending his best years with theNew York YankeesandSan Diego Padres. The nickname "Goose" came about when a friend did not like his previous nickname "Goss", and noted he looked like a goose when he extended his neck to read the signs given by the catcher when he was pitching. Although Gossage is otherwise generally referred to as "Rich" in popular media, a baseball field named after him bears the name "Rick."[1]

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was one of the earliest manifestations of the dominating moderncloser, with wildfacial hairand a gruff demeanor to go along with his blisteringfastball. He led theAmerican Leagueinsavesthree times and was runner-up twice; by the end of the 1987 season he ranked second in major-league career saves, trailing onlyRollie Fingers, although by the end of his career his total of 310 had slipped to fourth all-time. When he retired he also ranked third in major-league careergames pitched(1,002), and he remains third inwinsin relief (115) andinnings pitchedin relief (1,556⅔); his 1,502strikeoutsplace him behind onlyHoyt Wilhelmamong pitchers who pitched primarily in relief. He also is the career leader in blown saves (112). From 1977 through 1983 he never recorded anearned run averageover 2.62, including a mark of 0.77 in1981, and in1980he finished third in AL voting for both theMVP AwardandCy Young Awardas the Yankees won a division title.[2]

Respected for his impact in crucial games, Gossage recorded the final out to clinch a division, league, orWorld Seriestitle seven times. His eightAll-Starselections as a reliever were a record untilMariano Riverapassed him in 2008; he was also selected once as astarting pitcher. He was elected to theBaseball Hall of Famein 2008. He now works in broadcasting.


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