Richard Michael 'Goose' Gossage (born July 5, 1951) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher. During a 22-year baseball career (from 1972-1994), he pitched for nine different teams, spending his best years with the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres. The nickname 'Goose' came about when a friend did not like his previous nickname 'Goss', and noted he looked like a goose when he extended his neck to read the signs given by the catcher when he was pitching. Although otherwise known as 'Rich' in popular media, to family and friends he is 'Rick'. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was one of the earliest manifestations of the dominating modern closer, with wild facial hair and a gruff demeanor to go along with his blistering fastball.
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