Swings and misses

1983 Fleer

A nine-time all star and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2008, Goose Gossage won 124 games and saved 310 more while pitching for the Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners from 1972-1994. Gossage was a member of the 1978 Yankees’ team that won the World Series. He pitched in three games, getting the win in Game 4, and did not allow a run in six innings. Gossage returned to the World Series with the Yankees in 1981 and again with the Padres in 1984, but both times his team lost. He led the league in saves three times (1975, 1978, 1980) and won the American League’s Rolaids Relief Man award in 1978. On June 22, 2014 the Yankees enshrined Gossage in their Monument Park.

1987 Topps

Chris Codiroli pitched in 144 games for the Oakland A’s, Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals, posting a 38-47 record with a 4.87 ERA. He won 12 games for Oakland in 1983 and then won 14 in 1985, a year that saw him lead the American League in starts (37).

1988 Topps

Pete O’Brien slugged 169 home runs while playing for the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners from 1982-1993. His best season came in 1986 while playing for Texas. He hit .290 that year with 23 home runs, 90 RBIs and 86 runs scored and finished 17th in the American League MVP vote. In 1,567 games, O’Brien hit .261 while driving in 736 runs.

Published by Chris

Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, aging punk ... I am actually in a Hall of Fame.

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