Golden Goose Hits Hall of Fame

Emotions high as Yankee closer inducted
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2008 2:37 AM CDT
Rich "Goose" Gossage wipes a tear as he delivers his induction speech at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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(Newser) – Former Yankee closer Goose Gossage was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown yesterday along with Dick Williams and, posthumously, Walter O'Malley, Bowie Kuhn, Billy Southworth and Barney Dreyfuss. It was an emotional affair with Gossage weeping for Yankees catcher Thurman Munson, who died in a plane crash in 1979, while recalling his own odyssey from Yankee fan to legend.

"All I ever wanted to do was put on a big league uniform for one day," Gossage said of a career that included nine teams. "That one time turned into 22 years. I just can't comprehend that. I still have to pinch myself that I had that kind of career." (Read more New York Yankees stories.)