Gooch was a dependable switch-hitter and slick-fielding catcher for Pittsburgh from
1922 through 1927 who platooned first with Walter Schmidt and then with Earl Smith.
He hit .329 as a rookie, and was part of a Pirate youth movement that made them a
powerhouse in the 1920s. Gooch was later a successful minor league manager and a
Pittsburgh coach in 1937-38.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 7, 1922: Pirates OF Max Carey is the busiest man on the field in an 18-inning 9–8 loss to the Giants. He gets six hits, draws three walks, has three SBs, including one of home, and catches seven flies. His 51 stolen bases in 53 attempts is the highest success rate ever achieved by a SB leader, remarkable in a season where the league average success rate on steals is 54%. His record of 31 straight steals without being caught will be broken by Davey Lopes' 38 in 1975. Johnny Gooch also has six hits in the losing effort.