COUNTDOWN TO OPENING DAY: 54 DAYS


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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