Gossage's signing pushed Padres over the top
Goose Gossage was prepared to lead the way.
The combination worked for both the team and the pitcher, as Gossage agreed to a five-year contract with the Padres on Jan. 6, 1984 – putting in motion San Diego’s National League championship season.
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On Jan. 8, 2008 – 24 years and two days after he signed with the Padres – Gossage was elected to the Hall of Fame.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum