Rich Gossage, usually referred to by baseball fans as "Goose" Gossage, pitched well enough over his 22 years in Major League Baseball to earn him an induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008, and to be named as the best MLB athlete to ever wear the baseball jersey number 54.
Although Gossage played for nine different MLB teams, he is probably best known as a New York Yankee. (He wears a Yankee hat on his HOF plaque.) Gossage was a Yankee between the years of 1978 and 1983. His best year, statistically, as a Yankee is arguably 1983, when he won 13 games (as a reliever), had a 2.27 ERA, and 90 strikeouts in 87.1 innings pitched.
- 3-time AL Save Leader (1975, 1978 and 1980)
- 124 MLB wins
- 3.01 MLB ERA
- 310 MLB saves
- 1502 MLB strikeouts
Gossage started his career in Major League Baseball at 20 years old, and had a 7-1 record as a rookie.
Did you know.......that although Gossage played for nine different MLB teams over 22 seasons, he wore jersey number 54 every year?