Goose Gossage To Speak At Baseball Clinic

September 17, 2008
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Sept. 17, 2008

NORFOLK, VA-- Rich" Goose" Gossage, a recent inductee to the Hall of Fame will be the keynote speaker and clinician for the 32nd annual GTI Systems, Inc. "Meet the Stars" Banquet at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, and the annual Greenwich Kitchens/ODU Baseball Clinic, Jan 23rd and 24, 2009.

Tickets for the Jan.23rd banquet are $60 and will be on sale at the Old Dominion Athletic Ticket Office in the Ted Constant Convocation Center (683-4444). The Greenwich Kitchens Baseball Clinic will be held Saturday, Jan. 24 with one session, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Constant Convocation Center.Tickets are $5.

Gossage, one of major league baseball's most dominating relief pitchers from the late 1970'sand 1980's led the American League in saves with 26 in 1975, 27 in 1978, and 33 in 1980. On Oct. 2, 1978 he earned the save in the Yankees' dramatic one-game playoff against the Boston Red Sox for the AL East title.

Gossage played for nine major league teams as well as one Japanese team during his professional career from April 1972 to Aug, 1994. He compiled a 124-107 record and in 1978 after helping the Yankees to the World Series title, he was named Rolaids relief man of the Year in the American league.

One difference between Gossage and more recent closers is that Gossage often pitched as many as three innings to finish a game, while modern closers typically pitch only the ninth inning. Gossage pitched in 1,002 games and finished 681, earning 310 saves.

Gossage made nine All-Star appearances and pitched in three World Series. At the time, he became only the third pitcher in major league history to appear in 1,000 games. In eight of his first ten seasons as a closer, Gossage's ERA was less than 2.27. His best was a 0.77 ERA in 1980. Over his career, right-handed hitters hit a minuscule .211 against him.

On July 23, 1991, while with the Texas Rangers, Gossage recorded his 308th career save to preserve fellow Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan's 308th career win.

Gossage was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008, receiving 86 percent of the total votes. He was the only player inducted in the class of 2008. Two managers and three executives were chosen in separate balloting.

Gossage lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is active in the community promoting and sponsoring youth sports. In 1995, the city of Colorado Springs dedicated the Rich "Goose" Gossage Youth Sports Complex, which features five fields for youth baseball and softball competition. He has also written an autobiography, released in 2000, entitled" The Goose is Loose."

The ODU event annually features some of the top names in major league baseball. In past years Hall of Famers Joe Morgan, Brooks Robinson, Hank Aaron, Lou Brock, Steve Carlton, Jim Palmer, Johnny Bench, Bob Gibson, Tom Seaver, Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Gaylord Perry, Dave Winfield, Tony Gwynn, and Cal Ripken,Jr. have served as clinicians.