Gossage, Rich

Richard Michael Gossage
Born: July 5, 1951, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Played For: 
Chicago White Sox (1972-1976), Pittsburgh Pirates (1977), New York Yankees (1978-1983, 1989), San Diego Padres (1984-1987), Chicago Cubs (1988), San Francisco Giants (1989), Texas Rangers (1991), Oakland Athletics (1992-1993), Seattle Mariners (1994)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 2008

A solidly built, overpowering flame-thrower, Rich Goose Gossage intimidated hitters with a ferocious intensity. Gossage, one of the top relievers throughout the 1970s and '80s, spent a 22-year career with nine clubs, including the 1978 world champion New York Yankees and the 1984 National League champion San Diego Padres. Often pitching multiple innings to earn a save, he earned nine All-Star selections and recorded 20 or more saves during 10 seasons, leading his league three times. The second man to record 300 saves, Gossage retired among the top five all-time leaders in games pitched, relief innings and relief strikeouts.

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Induction Speech

If you had Gossage strong, pitching four or five times a week, my goodness, it's scary to think about how good he'd be.
Tony LaRussa