» June 4, 1970: In the June draft, the Padres select high school catcher Mike Ivie as the number-one pick and sign him in three days to a $100,000 contract. He'll play in the ML 11 years but catch only nine games in the bigs because of a phobia about throwing the ball back to the pitcher. Choosing next, the Indians take Stanford P Steve Dunning, who will debut in 10 days. Catchers Barry Foote (Expos) and Darrell Porter (Brewers) go next. The Pirates wait till the 14th round to take Dave Parker. Rich Gossage goes in the 9th round to the White Sox; Rick Reuschel to the Cubs (3); pitcher Dale Murphy to the Braves (18th). The Giants took Randy Moffitt and Chris Speier on the first round in January and repeat the good first round picks today with John D'Acquisto and Dave Kingman. The Reds take prep SS Gary Polczynski in the first round, but have better luck in the 8th (Will McEnaney), the 10th (Ray Knight) and the 19th (Pat Zachry). The Phillies, Royals, Dodgers, and Angels pick 5th, 8th, 9th and 10th on the first round and also come up with duds. Future seventeen-year major leaguer Frank White goes undrafted today.
» September 22, 1975: Adrian Garrett cracks 3-run home run in the 16th inning against Goose Gossage to give the Angels a 3–0 victory over the White Sox. Don Kirkwood is the victor.
» November 4, 1977: The 2nd reentry free-agent draft is held at New York's Plaza Hotel. Big names include Lyman Bostock, Goose Gossage, Larry Hisle, Mike Torrez, and Oscar Gamble.
» April 8, 1978: At the Opener in Arlington, the Rangers edge the Yankees 2–1 behind newcomers Richie Zisk and Jon Matlack. Matlack scatters eight hits in winning, while Richie Zisk belts a 9th inning solo shot off Goose Gossage to break a tie. Guidry goes seven innings for New York allowing six singles and after this no-decision, he will win 13 straight games.
» September 10, 1978: The Red Sox throw 22-year-old Bobby Sprague at the Yankees and the lefty last just two-thirds of an inning walking three and allowing one hit. The Yankees take the lead and top the Red Sox 7–4 behind Ed Figueroa and Rich Gossage. Boston collects just five hits, including Fred Lynn's 21st homer. The Yankees outhit the Red Sox 67-21, and outscore them 42-9, in a sweep that leaves the teams in a tie for first place, and caps a remarkable march to the top from 4th place, 14 games out.
» October 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 American League East title. New York prevails 5–4 behind Bucky Dent's 3-run home run off Mike Torrez and Guidry's 25th win against just three losses. Guidry's .893 percentage is a major-league record for a 20-game winner. Goose Gossage saves the game, getting Yaz to pop out with two on and two 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.
» April 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.
» June 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.
» April 10, 1980:
At Arlington Stadium, Jon Matlack and the Yankees Ron Guidry both pitch shutout ball for nine 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 games on run. Gossage also lost the '78 Opener when Zisk took him deep in the 9th. Each team manages just four hits in the contest with Bob Watson and Jim Sundberg each collecting three of them.
» October 10, 1980:
George Brett puts Kansas City into its first World Series by belting a 3-run home run off the Yankees Rich Gossage in the 7th inning, giving the Royals a 4–2 win and a 3-game sweep of the LCS. It's sweet revenge for three ALCS losses to the Bombers.
» October 7, 1981:
Ron Davis and Goose Gossage provide a 1-2 relief punch that Milwaukee cannot survive, losing to the Yankees 5–3 in the opening game of the American League Eastern Division playoff.
» October 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.
» October 20, 1981: In a World Series rematch of the 1978 teams, the Yankees take Game One over the Dodgers 5–3. Bob Watson's 3-run homer in the first is the big blow as Ron Guidry goes seven innings for the win. Goose Gossage closes down a Dodger rally in the 8th.
» October 21, 1981: Goose Gossage gets his 2nd save in as many days as he preserves Tommy John's win 3–0 in game 2. Bob Watson has two hits and an RBI.
» April 11, 1982: At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees finally open with a 7–6 loss to Chicago in 12 innings, then drop a 2–0 nitecap. The grounds crew is feted because of their efforts in getting the snow-covered field ready, and grounds crew chief Esposito tosses out the first ball. Jerry Koosman and Ron Guidry are the starters but Koosman gives up six runs in five 2/3 inning and Guidry four runs in four innings to earn showers. Goose Gossage, the last of four pitchers, gives up a leadoff triple to Bill Almon in the 12th and Ron LeFlore drives him home with one of his three hits on the day. Kevin Hickey wins with an inning of relief.
» July 24, 1983: In the memorable "Pine Tar Game" at Yankee Stadium, George Brett hits an apparent 2-run home run off Rich Gossage to give the Royals a 5–4 lead with two outs in the 9th inning, only to have it taken away when Yankees manager Billy Martin, at the urging of coach Don Zimmer, points out that the pine tar on Brett's bat handle exceeds the 17 inches allowed in the rules. As a result, Brett is called out for illegally batting the ball, giving New York a 4–3 victory. Brett goes ballistic a the Royals immediately protest, and American League President Lee MacPhail overrules his umpires for the first time saying that, while the rules should certainly be rewritten and clarified, the home run will stand and the game will be resumed from that point on August 18th.
» January 5, 1984: The Yankees sign veteran free agent Phil Niekro to a 2-year contract, giving the club six starting pitchers. Dave Righetti will move to the bullpen to ease the logjam and to fill the void that will be left by the departure of Rich Gossage, who says he will not re-sign with New York.
» January 12, 1984: Rich Gossage signs with the San Diego Padres.
» October 14, 1984: Series MVP Kirk Gibson blasts two upper-deck home runs at Tiger Stadium in game 5, including a 3-run shot off Rich Gossage in the 8th inning, to lead Detroit to an 8–4 win and its first World Championship since 1968.
» August 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 home run, off LaMarr Hoyt.
» August 6, 1987: Rich Gossage earns his 287th career save in San Diego's 7–4 win over Atlanta to move past Bruce Sutter into 2nd place on the all-time list.
» February 12, 1988: The Padres trade reliever Rich Gossage to the Cubs for IF Keith Moreland in a deal that also includes a pair of minor leaguers.
» August 6, 1988:
Rich Gossage becomes the 2nd pitcher in ML history to record 300 saves by retiring one batter in the Cubs 7–4 win over Philadelphia. Reliever Pat Perry, in his only plate appearance for the Cubs this year, belts his only ML home run, a 2-run home run off Mike Maddux. Perry was traded for Leon "Bull" Durham and in one at bat matches Durham's output for the Reds.
» August 30, 1988:
At Chicago, the Pirates nip the Cubs, 10–9, in 10 innings. Scott Medvin is the winner over Rich Gossage.
» September 9, 1988: Bruce Sutter joins Rollie Fingers and Rich Gossage as the only pitchers to save 300 games as Atlanta beats San Diego 5–4 in 11 innings.
» April 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.
» July 23, 1991: Texas's Nolan Ryan notches his 308th career win in a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox. Rich Gossage garners his 308th career save in relief. The game marked Ryan's 545th consecutive start, surpassing Steve Carlton's major league record.
» May 30, 1992: By beating the Milwaukee Brewers, 8–1, Scott Sanderson of the Yankees becomes the 9th pitcher to beat all 26 major league teams in his career. He joins Nolan Ryan, Tommy John, Don Sutton, Mike Torrez, Rick Wise, Gaylord Perry, Doyle Alexander and Rich Gossage as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat.
» August 30, 1993: Oakland P Rich Gossage breaks his right wrist when he trips over a ball bag prior to the Athletics game with Toronto. The Blue Jays beat Oakland, 4-2.
» August 4, 1994: Seattle defeats California, 4-2, as Rich Gossage notches the win in relief. It is Gossage's 1,000th major league appearance on the mound, making him the 3rd pitcher to ever reach that milestone. Only Hoyt Wilhelm (1,070) and Kent Tekulve (1,050) have gotten into more games as pitchers.