Richard “Goose” Gossage

Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, Richard “Goose” Gossage, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Red Smith Award, according to Banquet Chairman Mike Reese. This honor is given annually to an individual who has contributed or continues to contribute to sports either on or off the field in the state of Wisconsin. The presentation will be made at the 48th Annual Red Smith Sports Award Banquet on Tuesday, January 15,2013, at 6:30 pm at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin..With a fastball that was clocked as high as 102 mph, scruffy facial hair and a scary demeanor, Gossage, became a pioneer to baseballs modern day closer. He enjoyed a 22 year career (1972-94) with 9 different teams, most notably with the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres.Known as fireman, from the late 1970’s through the early 1980’s, Goose dominated the closer role with perhaps baseballs best fastball. By 1987 he was ranked second all-time in saves behind only Rollie Fingers (1989 Nice Guy Award Recipient). The bigger the game, the better he was, as he recorded the final out to clinch a Division, League or World Series Title seven times. He had 8 saves in World Series play during his career. In 1978 he was World Series Champion with the New York Yankees and narned the AL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year.A 9th round draft choice by the Chicago White Sox in the 1970 amateur draft, Gossage played only 3 games in the rookie league before being moved to the class A Appleton Foxes. In 1971 Gossage had one of the greatest years in Appleton baseball history, where he compiled an 18-2 record with a 1.83 ERA, was named Midwest League Player of the Year and lead the Foxes to a Divisional Championship. The next year he made his Major League Debut with White Sox at age 20.Gossage was a 9 time All-Star, the most by any reliever until 2008 when Mariano Rivera broke his record. During his career he pitched in 1,002 games had a 124-107 record with 310 saves and 1,502 strikeouts.


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