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Thomas Gordon
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Tom Gordon was signed as a 6th round pick in the 1986 amateur draft by the Kansas City Royals and scouts E.E. "Red" Whitsett and Al Diez.

Gordon was runner-up for the 1988 American League Rookie of the Year Award to Gregg Olson, a closer, despite winning 17 games as a starter. Several years later, Gordon and Olson would reunite as teammates on the Kansas City Royals.

Author Stephen King wrote a novel titled The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, referring to his outstanding 1998 season with the Boston Red Sox. He missed the 2000 season following arm surgery. He was given only a 20-30% chance of pitching again at that point, but returned to play in the majors until 2009.

He is the father of Dee Gordon and Nick Gordon.

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