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Goose Gossage from the Chronology
Jan 10, 2006 - Bruce Sutter is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his 13th year on the ballot. The relief star becomes the first hurler elected to the Hall with no career starts. Outfielder Jim Rice finishes second in the balloting, falling 53 votes shy, one ahead of reliever Goose Gossage.
Apr 8, 1991 - Nolan Ryan starts and Goose Gossage pitches in relief for Texas in a 5-4 loss to Milwaukee. It marks the first time a 300-game winner hurls in the same contest as a teammate with 300 saves.
Aug 17, 1986 - Pete Rose makes his final ML appearance striking out as a pinch hitter against Goose Gossage. The Reds lose 9-5 to the visiting Padres. A bright spot is Barry Larkin hitting his first ML HR off LaMar Hoyt.
Oct 13, 1981 - In the ALCS opener against Oakland Yankee pitching once again asserts itself as Tommy John Ron Davis and Goose Gossage combine to hold up Graig Nettles's first-inning 3-run double 3-1.
Apr 10, 1980 - At Arlington Stadium‚ Jon Matlack and the Yankees Ron Guidry both pitch shutout ball for 9 innings before being lifted. In the 12th‚ Goose Gossage relieves with Mickey Rivers on 3rd and Richie Zisk at the plate. His first pitch is wild allowing Rivers to score the game's only run. Gossage also lost the '78 Opener when Zisk took him deep in the 9th. Each team manages just 4 hits in the contest with Bob Watson and Bob Sundberg each collecting three of them.
Jun 15, 1979 - The Yankees send Cliff Johnson to the Indians for P Don Hood. Johnson had been in the Yankee doghouse ever since his brawl with teammate Goose Gossage that put Goose on the DL for two months.
Apr 19, 1979 - Following a 6-3 loss to the Orioles Yankees Goose Gossage and Cliff Johnson brawl in the clubhouse. Gossage sustains a sprained ligament in his left thumb and will be sidelined until July 12th. After the fight Reggie Jackson predicts that Cliff Johnson's days as a Yankee are numbered. He is proved correct when Johnson is traded to Cleveland on June 15th for Don Hood.
Oct 2, 1978 - The Yankees and Red Sox tied for first at the end of the regular season play a dramatic one-game playoff at Fenway for the AL East title. New York prevails 5-4 behind Bucky Dent's 3-run HR off Mike Torrez and Guidry's 25th win against just 3 losses. Guidry's .893 percentage is a ML record for a 20-game winner. Goose Gossage saves the game getting Yaz to pop out with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th. Manager Bob Lemon who took over for Billy Martin becomes the 1st manager to win a title after starting the season with another club.
Apr 8, 1978 - At the Opener in Arlington the Rangers edge the Yankees 2-1 behind newcomers Richie Zisk and Jon Matlack. Matlack scatters 8 hits in winning while Richie Zisk belts a 9th inning solo shot off Goose Gossage to break a tie. Guidry goes 7 innings for New York allowing six singles and after this no-decision he will win 13 straight games.
Sep 12, 1976 - DH Minnie Minoso singles for the White Sox against the Angels Sid Monge. At 53 Minoso is believed the oldest ever to collect a hit in the ML (although he says in his autobiography that he was born in 1925 not 1922 as listed in the record books). But research by historian Bill Carle will reveal that Jim O'Rourke who hit safely on September 22 1904 was 54 years and ten-months old. Minnie will make another appearance against Monge on September 30 going 0-for-2. Monge loses today 2-1 with the victory going to Goose Gossage.