Only fifth fireman, Goose a rare bird in Cooperstown

For most of Rich “Goose” Gossage’s 22-year major league career, when the phone rang, it meant trouble and he was ready for it. But this past January when the phone rang, the news was great, and it stopped the one-time dominating bullpen ace right in his tracks.

After nine tries, the right-handed reliever with the trademark Fu Manchu mustache was finally elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame, one of only five bullpen dwellers ever to make it to Cooperstown. His fellow relievers elected to the Hall are Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Bruce Sutter and Hoyt Wilhelm. Read More

Ripken, Gwynn: A fitting pair for the Hall of Fame

Both Cal Ripken Sr. and Charles Gwynn saw great things for their sons in the sports arena. Both got a chance to see their sons hammer a baseball around major league ballparks and make major contributions to the national pastime. But neither father lived to see their sons win the ultimate honor of being inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame . Read More