1970 -- drafted by Chicago White Sox
1971 -- pitches for White Sox in exhibition game against Cubs; oversized hat falls over eyes when pitching, causing him to nearly bean Ernie Banks
April 15, 1972 -- pitches in first major league game; fell flat on face tripping after warming up
1975 -- Fireman of the Year (best A.L. reliever): 9-8, 26 saves, 130 K, 1.84 ERA
1977 -- sets Major League record for strikeouts in relief with 151 in 133 innings
October 2, 1978 -- gets save in sudden death playoff game against the Red Sox
October, 1978 -- Yankees win the World Series over the Dodgers
October, 1980 -- gives up playoff-winning home run to George Brett, sending the Royals to the
World Series (which they lost as Brett suffered from hemorrhoids, caused, Goose claims, by swinging so hard on the homer off Goose)
1980 -- Fireman of the Year: 6-2, 33 saves, 103 K, 2.27 ERA
October, 1981 -- Yankees lose World Series to Dodgers
July 24, 1983 -- temporarily gives up infamous home run to Brett in the "Pine Tar Incident"
October, 1984 -- Padres lose World Series to Tigers
August 17, 1986 -- Strikes out Pete Rose on three pitches in Rose's final career at-bat.
August 8, 1988 -- becomes 2nd pitcher ever to earn 300 saves (achieved during the first night game at Wrigley Field)
July 23, 1991 -- earns his 308th victory in relief of Nolan Ryan, who earned his 308th win
July 8, 1995 -- Richard M. Gossage Youth Sports Complex dedicated in Colorado Springs
October 21, 1999 -- selected Colorado Springs Best Athlete by readers of the Independent
Lifetime record of 124-107, 310 saves, 1502 strike outs, 9 All-Star Game selections
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