Happened to see this on the Uni Watch blog: Thursday, stuff June 10, and at 7:00 P.M., the Block Museum at Northwestern University is presenting a program called “Rare Films from the Baseball Hall of Fame.”
And his nickname is Goose. The man belongs in the Hall of Fame.
I was going to write all about this, with stats and arguments and stuff, but The Pinstriped Bible has already done so, far better than I would have.
For those of you too busy to click through the link, I call out a single sentence, which, in itself, says a lot about Gossage and about the usage of relievers before the days of hyperspecialization:
“Twice during the 1978 season, Yankees managers called on Gossage in the second inning and let him finish the game.”
I guess I should call attention to the fact that someone from my hometown (in fact, we’re both alumni of the same high school) was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this past weekend. The Tampa Tribune was apparently giving Wade Boggs saturation coverage all last week. And his plaque mentions the Devil Rays!