Goose Gossage honored with a plaque in Monument Park
It was a beautiful day on Sunday and Yankee stadium was close to full nearly 3 hours before first pitch between the Yankees and the Orioles. Fans young and old came to see their favorite Yankees from the past for the annual Old Timers’ game.
The players in the game ranged from first time old timers Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui, to Reggie Jackson and Mickey Rivers.
Other former greats in attendance were Ricky Henderson, Willie Randolph, Tino Martinez, and Joe Torre who is set to enter Cooperstown this summer.
The star who stole the show however was Goose Gossage. Gossage was honored by the Yankees with a plaque in Monument Park. In his 7 years in the Bronx, Gossage had an ERA of 2.14, recorded 151 saves, and was part of the World Series championship team in 1978.
Before the Old Timers game Gossage unveiled the plaque and was presented with several gifts from the Yankees.
Gossage spoke to fans following the brief ceremony expressing his joy for being a part of the Yankee family and explained how playing in pinstripes was an “out of body experience”.
Following the presentation, the Old Timers took to the field to return to their former glory. It was a fun event for fans and players alike and at its conclusion most were already looking forward to next year’s game.