"Goose" Gossage elected to Hall of Fame

San Diego, CA ? The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced today that former San Diego Padres pitcher Rich "Goose" Gossage has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting verified by Ernst & Young.

He will be inducted on July 27, 2008 at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, N.Y.

"The Padres organization congratulates Goose on being elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame," said Padres CEO Sandy Alderson. "With a 95-mile-an-hour fastball and an intimidating presence on the mound, he revolutionized the closer's role. Goose was a vital part of San Diego's first National League pennant and we are happy he has now been recognized as one of baseball's greats."

"The impact that Goose Gossage had on this organization was incredible, on the field, in the clubhouse and for our fans in San Diego," said Padres President and Chief Operating Officer Dick Freeman. "He was the final piece to our National League championship in 1984, which really established the San Diego Padres as a Major League franchise. It's hard to overstate what his contributions were to that team."

Gossage had a career Major League record of 124-107 with a 3.01 ERA (605 ER/1809.1 IP) and 310 saves, appearing in 1,002 games with nine teams over 22 seasons (Chicago White Sox, 1972-76; Pittsburgh Pirates, 1977; New York Yankees, 1978-83, 1989; Padres, 1984-87; Chicago Cubs, 1988; San Francisco Giants, 1989; Texas Rangers, 1991; Oakland A's, 1992-93; and Seattle Mariners, 1994). He struck out 1,502 hitters during his Big League career.

In Gossage's four seasons with San Diego, he posted a 25-20 record with 83 saves over 197 relief appearances. As a Padre, Gossage tallied a 2.99 ERA (99 ER/298.0 IP) and fanned 243 batters. Helping to lead San Diego to the franchise's first National League pennant in 1984, Gossage was 10-6 with 25 saves in 62 games, allowing 33 earned runs in 102.1 innings for a 2.90 ERA with 84 strikeouts. Gossage currently ranks third on the Padres all-time career saves list and is fourth in franchise history with 157 games finished.

Other players who have played for the Padres and earned Cooperstown plaques are Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, Rollie Fingers, Gaylord Perry, Willie McCovey and Ozzie Smith. Former Padres manager Dick Williams will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame this July.

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