54 days until Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Rich “Goose” Gossage began his Hall of Fame career wearing his trademark No. 54 for the White Sox in 1972.

Here are a few nuggets on the “Goose” and the Sox:

Gossage …*wore No. 54 for his entire career

*was the Sox ninth round pick in the June 1970 draft

*made his big league debut at age 20 with a scoreless inning on April 16, 1972 in the Sox 2-1 loss at Kansas City

*earned his first big league win with 2.2 scoreless innings in the Sox 5-4 win over the Angels in the first game of a doubleheader on May 29, 1972 in Anaheim

*logged the first of his 310 saves by preserving the Sox 2-1 win over Boston with three scoreless innings at Comiskey Park on June 7, 1972

*was 0-for-16 with 11 strikeouts for the Sox in 1972, the last season before the DH was adopted

*led the American League with 26 saves for the 1975 Sox

*was the first Sox draftee to make the All-Star team as a pitcher (1975)

*finished sixth in the Cy Young voting and 17th in the MVP voting for the 1975 Sox

*represented the Sox at the All-Star Game as a reliever one season (1975) and a starter (1976) the next

*went 9-17 with a 3.94 ERA in 31 games (29 starts and 15 complete games) for the 1976 Sox

*led the 1976 Sox with 224 innings and 135 strikeouts

*was traded to the Pirates with Terry Forster for Richie Zisk and Silvio Martinez after the 1976 season

*was the first player drafted by the Sox to make the Hall of Fame (2008)

*I interviewed him once over the phone about Ray Berres, his first pitching coach. It was a great interview. He thought he was talking to Jim … my name is Dave!


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