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Rich Gossage

Richard Michael Gossage (Goose)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: July 5, 1951 in Colorado Springs, CO
High School: Wasson HS (Colorado Springs, CO)
School: Colorado State University-Pueblo (Pueblo, CO)
Drafted
by the Chicago White Sox in the 9th round of the 1970 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 16, 1972 (Age 20.286)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1972 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Yankees/Padres/WhiteSox/Pirates/Athletics/... 1972-1994
Agents: Jerry Kapstein [*]
Final Game: August 8, 1994 (Age 43.034)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 2008 (466/543 ballots).
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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1972 CHW AL 20 P 36 1 0 80.0 14 3 10 1 1 .929 1.46 0.36 .950 1.86 1.85 4 5 56% 39% 1
1973 CHW AL 21 P 20 4 1 49.2 11 5 5 1 0 .909 1.81 0.50 .951 1.87 1.85 6 5 45% 38% 0
1973 CHW AL 21 DH 1 0
1974 CHW AL 22 P 39 3 0 89.1 19 3 14 2 1 .895 1.71 0.44 .947 1.81 1.80 13 5 28% 38% 0
1975 CHW AL 23 P 62 0 0 141.2 31 3 25 3 3 .903 1.78 0.45 .940 1.87 1.86 12 6 33% 38% 1 AS,CYA-6,MVP-17
1976 CHW AL 24 P 31 29 15 224.0 48 18 27 3 1 .938 1.81 1.45 .950 1.87 1.88 20 15 43% 34% 2 AS
1977 PIT NL 25 P 72 0 0 133.0 15 4 10 1 0 .933 0.95 0.19 .950 1.85 1.85 9 3 25% 35% 0 AS
1978 NYY AL 26 P 63 0 0 134.1 21 6 12 3 0 .857 1.21 0.29 .954 1.90 1.88 6 4 40% 38% 0 AS,CYA-5,MVP-13
1979 NYY AL 27 P 36 0 0 58.1 5 1 4 0 0 1.000 0.77 0.14 .948 1.91 1.89 3 0 0% 36% 0
1980 NYY AL 28 P 64 0 0 99.0 13 1 10 2 0 .846 1.00 0.17 .957 1.85 1.85 2 6 75% 35% 0 AS,CYA-3,MVP-3
1981 NYY AL 29 P 32 0 0 46.2 10 2 7 1 1 .900 1.74 0.28 .963 1.99 1.98 5 1 17% 38% 1 AS,CYA-5,MVP-9
1982 NYY AL 30 P 56 0 0 93.0 8 2 6 0 1 1.000 0.77 0.14 .958 1.80 1.80 5 3 38% 36% 0 AS
1983 NYY AL 31 P 57 0 0 87.1 6 2 3 1 0 .833 0.52 0.09 .958 1.80 1.78 8 3 27% 33% 0
1984 SDP NL 32 P 62 0 0 102.1 13 5 8 0 0 1.000 1.14 0.21 .954 1.88 1.87 10 2 17% 31% 0 AS,CYA-5,MVP-13
1985 SDP NL 33 P 50 0 0 79.0 7 0 7 0 1 1.000 0.80 0.14 .953 1.93 1.92 6 2 25% 30% 0 AS
1986 SDP NL 34 P 45 0 0 64.2 7 2 5 0 0 1.000 0.97 0.16 .954 1.93 1.94 6 2 25% 32% 0
1987 SDP NL 35 P 40 0 0 52.0 7 2 5 0 0 1.000 1.21 0.18 .954 1.90 1.90 3 2 40% 29% 0
1988 CHC NL 36 P 46 0 0 43.2 8 1 7 0 0 1.000 1.65 0.17 .955 1.96 1.96 10 4 29% 29% 0
1989 TOT MLB 37 P 42 0 0 58.0 12 7 4 1 1 .917 1.71 0.26 .950 1.88 1.87 3 5 63% 32% 0
1989 SFG NL 37 P 31 0 0 43.2 9 5 3 1 0 .889 1.65 0.26 .947 1.88 1.87 2 5 71% 32% 0
1989 NYY AL 37 P 11 0 0 14.1 3 2 1 0 1 1.000 1.88 0.27 .960 1.88 1.85 1 0 0% 31% 0
1991 TEX AL 39 P 44 0 0 40.1 5 2 2 1 0 .800 0.89 0.09 .956 1.81 1.80 2 2 50% 34% 1
1992 OAK AL 40 P 30 0 0 38.0 6 2 4 0 0 1.000 1.42 0.20 .953 1.73 1.71 4 2 33% 34% 0
1993 OAK AL 41 P 39 0 0 47.2 9 5 3 1 0 .889 1.51 0.21 .953 1.79 1.78 6 1 14% 36% 0
1994 SEA AL 42 P 36 0 0 47.1 4 2 2 0 1 1.000 0.76 0.11 .955 1.71 1.71 5 1 17% 31% 0
22 Seasons P 1002 37 16 1809.1 279 78 180 21 11 .925 1.28 0.26 .951 1.86 1.85 148 79 35% 34% 6
22 Seasons TOT 1002 37 16 1809.1 279 78 180 21 11 .925 1.28 0.26 .951 1.86 1.85 148 79 35% 34% 6
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1972 CHW AL 20 P
1973 CHW AL 21 P
1974 CHW AL 22 P
1975 CHW AL 23 P
1976 CHW AL 24 P
1977 PIT NL 25 P
1978 NYY AL 26 P
1979 NYY AL 27 P
1980 NYY AL 28 P
1981 NYY AL 29 P
1982 NYY AL 30 P
1983 NYY AL 31 P
1984 SDP NL 32 P
1985 SDP NL 33 P
1986 SDP NL 34 P
1987 SDP NL 35 P
1988 CHC NL 36 P
1989 SFG NL 37 P
1989 NYY AL 37 P
1991 TEX AL 39 P
1992 OAK AL 40 P
1993 OAK AL 41 P
1994 SEA AL 42 P
22 Seasons P
22 Seasons TOT
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1972 CHW AL 20 36 1 36 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1973 CHW AL 21 21 4 1 20 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
1974 CHW AL 22 39 3 0 39 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1975 CHW AL 23 62 0 0 62 62 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976 CHW AL 24 31 29 0 31 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1977 PIT NL 25 72 0 72 72 72 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978 NYY AL 26 63 0 0 63 63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1979 NYY AL 27 36 0 0 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1980 NYY AL 28 64 0 2 64 64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1981 NYY AL 29 32 0 0 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1982 NYY AL 30 56 0 0 56 56 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1983 NYY AL 31 57 0 0 57 57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1984 SDP NL 32 62 0 62 62 62 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1985 SDP NL 33 50 0 50 50 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1986 SDP NL 34 45 0 45 45 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1987 SDP NL 35 40 0 40 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1988 CHC NL 36 46 0 46 46 46 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1989 SFG NL 37 31 0 31 31 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1989 NYY AL 37 11 0 0 11 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991 TEX AL 39 44 0 0 44 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1992 OAK AL 40 30 0 0 30 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1993 OAK AL 41 39 0 2 39 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1994 SEA AL 42 36 0 1 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Seasons 1003 37 388 1002 1002 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Lg G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1972 CHW AL 20 352 76% 24% 10 90% 0 3 1 2 9 7 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 100%
1973 CHW AL 21 232 77% 22% 4 100% 1 5 0 5 5 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1974 CHW AL 22 396 77% 23% 16 81% 0 3 0 3 14 13 1 2 0 2 0 2 1 1 1 0 4 50%
1975 CHW AL 23 583 69% 22% 27 89% 0 3 0 3 25 18 4 3 0 2 1 1 3 3 3 0 10 90%
1976 CHW AL 24 956 80% 24% 31 84% 0 17 2 12 27 22 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 6 50%
1977 PIT NL 25 523 64% 19% 14 86% 0 3 1 2 11 7 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 100%
1978 NYY AL 26 543 70% 23% 16 75% 1 5 0 4 12 7 0 3 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 33%
1979 NYY AL 27 234 77% 20% 7 57% 0 1 0 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 100%
1980 NYY AL 28 401 68% 19% 14 86% 0 1 0 0 11 10 0 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 67%
1981 NYY AL 29 173 68% 21% 7 86% 0 2 0 2 7 4 2 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0
1982 NYY AL 30 356 66% 16% 6 100% 0 2 0 2 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 100%
1983 NYY AL 31 368 71% 14% 3 100% 0 2 0 1 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1984 SDP NL 32 411 74% 17% 8 100% 0 4 0 4 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 100%
1985 SDP NL 33 308 80% 20% 5 100% 0 0 0 0 7 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 100%
1986 SDP NL 34 281 74% 25% 7 86% 0 2 0 1 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1987 SDP NL 35 217 75% 24% 6 100% 0 2 1 1 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 100%
1988 CHC NL 36 194 85% 30% 8 88% 0 1 0 1 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1989 SFG NL 37 182 78% 32% 5 80% 0 6 0 4 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1989 NYY AL 37 56 86% 38% 1 100% 0 2 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
1991 TEX AL 39 167 77% 29% 1 100% 0 2 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1992 OAK AL 40 163 74% 27% 4 100% 0 2 0 2 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1993 OAK AL 41 213 74% 30% 6 83% 0 4 1 3 4 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 50%
1994 SEA AL 42 197 80% 34% 2 100% 0 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
22 Seasons 7506 74% 22% 208 87% 2 74 6 58 181 142 15 21 2 9 10 10 11 9 10 1 50 80%
MLB Averages 81% 29% 91% 87%
Lg PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
2000 BBWAA (33.3%)
2001 BBWAA (44.3%)
2002 BBWAA (43.0%)
2003 BBWAA (42.1%)
2004 BBWAA (40.7%)
2005 BBWAA (55.2%)
2006 BBWAA (64.6%)
2007 BBWAA (71.2%)
2008 BBWAA (85.8%)
Selected to HOF in 2008 by BBWAA

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1975 AL (17, 3%)
1978 AL (13, 10%)
1980 AL (3, 56%)
1981 AL (9, 16%)
1984 NL (13, 10%)
0.95 Career Shares (267th)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1975 AL (6, 2%)
1978 AL (5, 3%)
1980 AL (3, 26%)
1981 AL (5, 2%)
1984 NL (5, 3%)
0.36 Career Shares (131st)

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1979 September AL Pitcher of the Month

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1978 Sep 3rd AL Player of the Week

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1975 AL  62 (3rd)
1978 AL  63 (4th)
1980 AL  64 (5th)
Career  1,002 (15th)

Salary s c a p y
1985 NL  $1,713,333 (4th)

Oldest s c a p y
1991 AL  born 1951-07-05 (8th)
1992 AL  born 1951-07-05 (7th)
1993 AL  born 1951-07-05 (3rd)
1994 AL  born 1951-07-05 (1st)

Youngest s c a p y
1972 AL  born 1951-07-05 (7th)

             

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Name and misspellings: Richard Goose Michael Rich rick rip goosage gosage Gossage

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