Friday, March 27, 2009

The greatest player I ever played with...

... In 1972, I had the privilege of playing with Dick Allen. I didn't know it at the time, but in retrospect, he was the greatest player I ever played with. That's quite a statement because I played with a lot of great ones. He taught me how to pitch from a hitter's perspective. He took me under his wing and we would talk for hours on end about pitching. It was amazing....

~ Goose Gossage, 2008 Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech.

Here is a link to a NYTimes Baseball Blog entry with more information about Dick Allen helped coach Goose Gossage early in his career.

For the record, Goose Gossage played on the same teams with Hall of Famers : Dave Winfield, Willie Stargell, Nolan Ryan, Tony Gwynn, Ryne Sandberg, Reggie Jackson, Gaylord Perry, Catfish Hunter, and Dennis Eckersley and 2009 inductee Rickey Henderson. He also played with potential future Hall of Famers: Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Steve Garvey, Harold Baines, Dave Parker, Will Clark, Thurman Munson, and Pudge Rodriguez.


Joe's Blues Blog said...

in 1972, Dick Allen played the season of baseball that I've ever witnessed. He seemed to capitalize on every opportunity that he was given. He belongs in the Hall Of Fame.

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