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1988 HEADLINE: Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage Captures Career Save #300

1988 HEADLINE: Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage Captures Career Save #300

On this day in 1988 Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage collected the 300th save of his big league career.

At home and in front of a crowd of 32,000 Cubs fans, Gossage came into the game in the top of the ninth inning to secure the Cubs victory, the win for Greg Maddux, and save #300 of his career.  The save was his 11th of the year and helped the Cubs secure the 7-4 win over Philadelphia.

In total, Gossage recorded 310 saves.  He currently sits in 22nd place on the all-time list.

Happy Anniversary Goose!!!

Happy Birthday Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage!!!

Happy Birthday Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage!!!

The ‘Goose’ turns 63 years old today.

The man known for his famous facial hair has an equally impressive baseball resume. With a career that spanned 22 seasons, Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage put together a Hall of Fame caliber list of accomplishments.

124 Wins, 310 saves, 3.01 ERA, 1,502 strikeouts, a 9-time All-star, 5 Top-6 finishes for the Cy Young Award, and a World Series champion!! Not too shabby, not too shabby at all…

Happy Birthday ‘Goose’!!!

1988 HEADLINE: Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage Captures Career Save #300

1988 HEADLINE: Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage Captures Career Save #300

On this day in 1988 Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage collected the 300th save of his big league career.

At home and in front of a crowd of 32,000 Cubs fans, Gossage came into the game in the top of the ninth inning to secure the Cubs victory, the win for Greg Maddux, and save #300 of his career.  The save was his 11th of the year and helped the Cubs secure the 7-4 win over Philadelphia.

In total, Gossage recorded 310 saves.  He currently sits in 18th place on the all-time list.

Happy Anniversary Goose!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: Lee Smith VS Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage

Hall Of Fame Debate: Lee Smith VS Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage

As I continue to formulate more of these player versus player match-ups for my ‘Hall Of Fame Debate’, I am really trying to dig deeper into the numbers than I normally do.

So far, what I am finding is that some of the guys I am debating about have numbers that are on par, and sometimes better than, other former players that are in the Hall of Fame.

One such player is Lee Smith.  Smith is a curious case – a true closer with a ton of saves.  Yet, he has never really garnered the attention needed to be a serious contender for the Hall.  Personally, I have no doubt that he belongs – and hopefully someday, even if it is via the Veteran’s Committee vote, he gets in.

SMITH VS GOSSAGE

Smith’s numbers are unreal – he was truly a player before his time.  When I say that, I mean that he was a true relief pitcher; not a player that was eventually was sent to the bullpen to help close games.  From the get-go, Smith’s role was to seal victories.

Guys like Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, and Goose Gossage, (all HOFers) have a good handful of starts between them.  Smith has six.  Yes, six.

For this week’s debate, I would like to compare Smith’s career to that of Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage’s.

Here are the numbers:

Smith Gossage
Seasons 18 22
Seasons as closer 18 21
Wins 91 124
Losses 92 107
Win % 43.60% 53.70%
Saves 478 310
30+ Save Seasons 11 2
40+ Save Seasons 4 0
Innings 1289.1 1809.1
ERA 3.03 3.01
Strikeouts 1251 1502
Walks 486 732
K:Walk ratio 2.57 2.05
K’s per 9 innings 8.7 7.5
All-Star 7 9
Cy Young
MVP
Playoff Seasons 2 4
World Series Titles 1

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My takeaways from these stats:

  • Gossage’s win % is ten points higher than Smith’s
  • Smith has 168 more saves in four less seasons
  • Gossage worked 520 more innings than Smith
  • Amazing how close the ERA numbers are
  • Gossage has 250 more K’s but also 246 more walks
  • Smith’s 2.57 K:Walk ratio is much higher than Goose’s 2.05
  • Smith is a full 1.0 K per 9 innings above Gossage

For me, I just don’t see much of a difference.

Actually, there is one major difference – SAVES!!!

I should have mentioned that Smith has 11 seasons between 30-39 saves to Gossage’s 2.  And Smith eclipsed the 40-saves mark 4 times while Gossage never topped 33.  And to me, that is very telling.

As a matter of fact, when I look at all of the numbers, the tally of saves is enough to tell me that Smith is at the very least on-par with Gossage, if not better.  Sure, they played on different teams and had different pitching staffs and offenses to help make the save an option or not an option, but Smith sure did make the best of his situation, didn’t he?

And the extra strikeout per nine innings is worth mentioning too.  Especially, when these guys were facing less than 6 batters a game.

For me, I have no doubt that Lee Arthur Smith belongs in the Hall of Fame.  And no offense to Rich Gossage (as  I am a fan of his as well) but Smith just very may well be a more elite relief pitcher than anyone in the Hall of Fame not named Eckersley.

Gavel

What do you think?  Where does your vote lie between these two relievers?  Who gets your vote??   Let me hear it!!

Happy Birthday Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage!!!

Happy Birthday Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage!!!

The ‘Goose’ turns 62 years old today.

The man known for his famous facial hair has an equally impressive baseball resume. With a career that spanned 22 seasons, Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage put together a Hall of Fame caliber list of accomplishments.

124 Wins, 310 saves, 3.01 ERA, 1,502 strikeouts, a 9-time All-star, 5 Top-6 finishes for the Cy Young Award, and a World Series champion!! Not too shabby, not too shabby at all…

Happy Birthday ‘Goose’!!!

1979 Topps – 1978 ‘Leading Firemen’ With Rich Gossage and Rollie Fingers

1979 Topps – 1978 ‘Leading Firemen’ With Rich Gossage and Rollie Fingers

Why not celebrate a little baseball history on this Monday morning??

This baseball card comes from the 1979 Topps set and it features the top closers in the American and National League from the 1978 baseball season.

Here is the card:

 

Yes, his famous mustache is missing, but that is Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage on the left and his Hall of Fame counterpart on the right, Rollie Fingers.

Each player led their league in saves at the conclusion of the 1978 baseball season.  Gossage paced the AL with 27 while Fingers led all of baseball with 37.

And that is your baseball history lesson for this Monday.  Have a nice day.

Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage 2001 Topps Archives – 1973 Topps Design

Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage 2001 Topps Archives – 1973 Topps Design

The 2001 Topps Archives set is popular because it showcases the great rookie cards of the legendary players in the set.

1973 was ‘Goose’ Gossage’s first season of major league baseball, so we found himself a spot in the 1973 Topps baseball card set.

I want that card that was issued almost forty years ago.  I have had it on my radar for some time, but I have yet to be able to capture it for a price that I am willing to pay.

In the meantime, I will settle for the re-print version that was issued 28 years after the original….

Enjoy.

VINTAGE GOSSAGE