Goose Goslin Stats

Goose Goslin was born on Tuesday, October 16, 1900, in Salem, New Jersey. Goslin was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 16, 1921, with the Washington Senators. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Goose Goslin baseball stats page.

"It was just a game, that's all it was. They didn't have to pay me. I'd have paid them to let me play. Listen, the truth is it was more than fun. It was heaven." - Goose Goslin in The Glory of Their Times (Lawrence S. Ritter, Harper Press, April 2010, Page 251)
Goose Goslin

Goose Goslin Autograph on a 1961 Fleer Baseball Card (#35)
Goose Goslin Autograph on a 1961 Fleer Baseball Card (#35)

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Birth Name:
Leon Allen Goslin
Nickname:
Goose
Born On:
10-16-1900  (Libra)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Salem, New Jersey
Year of Death Data Died On:
05-15-1971 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Bridgeton, New Jersey
Cemetery:
Baptist Cemetery, Salem, New Jersey Click For Grave Photo
High School:
Salem High School (Salem, NJ)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
185
First Game:
09-16-1921 (Age 20)
Last Game:
09-25-1938
Draft:
Not Applicable
Goose Goslin

Goose Goslin Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Goose Goslin

Goose Goslin Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1921 21 Senators 14 50 8 13 1 1 1 0 6 6 0 5 1 0 1 1 .260 .351 .380
1922 22 Senators 101 358 44 116 19 7 3 0 53 25 0 26 8 0 3 4 .324 .373 .441
1923 23 Senators 150 600 85 180 29 18 9 0 99 40 3 53 13 0 3 4 .300 .347 .453
1924 24 Senators 154 579 100 199 30 17 12 0 129 68 0 29 17 0 9 7 .344 .421 .516
1925 25 Senators 150 601 116 201 34 20 18 0 113 53 4 50 10 0 6 3 .334 .394 .547
1926 26 Senators 147 568 105 201 26 15 17 0 108 63 2 38 18 0 7 2 .354 .425 .542
1927 27 Senators 148 581 96 194 37 15 13 0 120 50 4 28 23 0 5 6 .334 .392 .516
1928 28 Senators 135 456 80 173 36 10 17 0 102 48 3 19 20 0 3 7 .379 .442 .614
1929 29 Senators 145 553 82 159 28 7 18 0 91 66 1 33 18 0 2 4 .288 .366 .461
1930 30 Senators 47 188 34 51 11 5 7 0 38 19 1 19 5 0 2 3 .271 .344 .495
1930 30 Browns 101 396 81 129 25 7 30 0 100 48 1 35 9 0 1 4 .326 .400 .652
1931 31 Browns 151 591 114 194 42 10 24 0 105 80 7 41 0 0 4 6 .328 .412 .555
1932 32 Browns 150 572 88 171 28 9 17 1 104 92 9 35 1 0 2 7 .299 .398 .469
1933 33 Senators 132 549 97 163 35 10 10 0 64 42 1 32 7 0 1 7 .297 .348 .452
1934 34 Tigers 151 614 106 187 38 7 13 0 100 65 3 38 5 0 2 9 .305 .373 .453
1935 35 Tigers 147 590 88 172 34 6 9 0 109 56 3 31 3 0 2 7 .292 .355 .415
1936 36 Tigers 147 572 122 180 33 8 24 1 125 85 4 50 3 0 0 11 .315 .403 .526
1937 37 Tigers 79 181 30 43 11 1 4 1 35 35 5 18 1 0 2 1 .238 .367 .376
1938 38 Senators 38 57 6 9 3 0 2 0 8 8 1 5 0 0 0 0 .158 .262 .316
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
18 Years 2,287 8,656 1,482 2,735 500 173 248 3 1,609 949 52 585 162 0 55 93 .316 .387 .500
Goose Goslin

Goose Goslin Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1921 Senators LF 2 2 24 7 3.5 7 7 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 7.88
1921 Senators RF 13 12 324 24 1.8 24 23 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.00
1922 Senators LF 87 87 2,253 219 2.5 206 197 9 13 1 n/a n/a n/a .941 2.47
1922 Senators RF 5 4 108 3 0.6 2 2 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .667 0.50
1923 Senators LF 149 149 3,861 351 2.4 336 310 26 15 5 n/a n/a n/a .957 2.35
1924 Senators LF 154 154 453 395 2.6 379 365 14 16 5 n/a n/a n/a .959 22.59
1925 Senators CF 20 18 258 55 2.8 53 48 5 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .964 5.55
1925 Senators LF 140 132 3,333 355 2.5 337 337 18 10 1 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.88
1926 Senators CF 61 61 1,596 193 3.2 188 172 16 5 7 n/a n/a n/a .974 3.18
1926 Senators LF 86 86 2,169 220 2.6 210 201 9 10 0 n/a n/a n/a .955 2.61
1927 Senators CF 3 3 72 7 2.3 6 6 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .857 2.25
1927 Senators LF 145 145 423 374 2.6 358 350 8 16 3 n/a n/a n/a .957 22.85
1928 Senators LF 125 123 2,109 291 2.3 280 266 14 11 4 n/a n/a n/a .962 3.58
1928 Senators RF 3 1 5 1 0.3 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.40
1929 Senators LF 142 141 120 315 2.2 305 298 7 10 1 n/a n/a n/a .968 68.63
1930 Senators LF 47 47 1,218 79 1.7 74 72 2 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .937 1.64
1930 Browns LF 101 101 2,661 257 2.5 250 237 13 7 0 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.54
1931 Browns LF 151 151 447 347 2.3 333 319 14 14 1 n/a n/a n/a .960 20.11
1932 Browns 3B 1 0 7 4 4.0 4 1 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 15.43
1932 Browns LF 149 149 3,816 346 2.3 346 330 16 18 5 n/a n/a n/a .951 2.45
1933 Senators LF 4 3 81 3 0.8 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.00
1933 Senators RF 125 123 2,901 330 2.6 259 258 1 71 0 n/a n/a n/a .785 2.41
1934 Tigers LF 145 145 414 308 2.1 296 282 14 12 2 n/a n/a n/a .961 19.30
1934 Tigers RF 4 4 108 12 3.0 9 8 1 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .750 2.25
1935 Tigers LF 125 122 3,156 274 2.2 266 262 4 8 1 n/a n/a n/a .971 2.28
1935 Tigers RF 21 21 546 70 3.3 66 64 2 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .943 3.26
1936 Tigers LF 144 143 120 290 2.0 277 266 11 13 1 n/a n/a n/a .955 62.33
1937 Tigers 1B 1 1 3 14 14.0 13 12 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .929 117.00
1937 Tigers LF 40 39 837 84 2.1 80 78 2 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .952 2.58
1937 Tigers RF 1 1 24 3 3.0 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.38
1938 Senators LF 12 8 153 22 1.8 22 22 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.88
1938 Senators RF 1 1 24 3 3.0 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.38
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
LF Totals 1,948 1,927 27,648 4,537 2.3 4,365 4,202 181 182 32 n/a n/a n/a .960 4.28
RF Totals 173 167 4,040 446 2.6 367 362 5 79 1 n/a n/a n/a .823 2.45
CF Totals 84 82 1,926 255 3.0 247 226 21 8 7 n/a n/a n/a .969 3.46
1B Totals 1 1 3 14 14.0 13 12 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .929 117.00
3B Totals 1 0 7 4 4.0 4 1 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 15.43
18 Years 2,207 2,177 33,624 5,256 2.4 4,996 4,803 211 270 40 n/a n/a n/a .949 4.03
Goose Goslin

Goose Goslin Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1921 Senators 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 50.0 10.0 8.3 - - -
1922 Senators 4 4 .500 9 0 n/a 119.3 13.8 6.8 - - -
1923 Senators 7 2 .778 1 0 n/a 66.7 11.3 6.1 - - -
1924 Senators 15 14 .517 0 0 n/a 48.3 20.0 4.5 - - -
1925 Senators 27 8 .771 0 0 n/a 33.4 12.0 5.3 - - -
1926 Senators 8 8 .500 0 0 n/a 33.4 14.9 5.3 - - -
1927 Senators 21 6 .778 0 0 n/a 44.7 20.8 4.8 - - -
1928 Senators 16 3 .842 10 0 n/a 26.8 24.0 4.5 - - -
1929 Senators 10 3 .769 3 0 n/a 30.7 16.8 6.1 - - -
1930 Senators 3 2 .600 0 0 n/a 26.9 9.9 4.9 - - -
1930 Browns 14 9 .609 0 0 n/a 13.2 11.3 4.0 - - -
1931 Browns 9 6 .600 0 0 n/a 24.6 14.4 5.6 - - -
1932 Browns 12 9 .571 1 0 n/a 33.6 16.3 5.5 - - -
1933 Senators 5 2 .714 4 0 n/a 54.9 17.2 8.6 - - -
1934 Tigers 5 4 .556 2 0 n/a 47.2 16.2 6.1 - - -
1935 Tigers 5 4 .556 3 0 n/a 65.6 19.0 5.4 - - -
1936 Tigers 14 4 .778 3 0 n/a 23.8 11.4 4.6 - - -
1937 Tigers 0 1 .000 38 0 n/a 45.3 10.1 5.2 - - -
1938 Senators 0 0 .000 24 1 n/a 28.5 11.4 7.1 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
18 Years 175 89 .663 98 1 n/a 34.9 14.8 5.4 - - -
Goose Goslin

Goose Goslin Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1921 Washington Senators n/a $2,400.00 n/a -
1922 Washington Senators n/a $2,400.00 n/a -
1923 Washington Senators n/a $5,000.00 n/a -
1924 Washington Senators n/a $7,000.00 n/a Stats
1925 Washington Senators n/a $9,000.00 n/a Stats
1926 Washington Senators n/a $13,000.00 n/a -
1927 Washington Senators n/a $13,000.00 n/a -
1928 Washington Senators n/a $14,000.00 n/a -
1929 Washington Senators n/a $16,000.00 n/a -
1930 Washington Senators n/a $10,000.00 n/a -
1930 St. Louis Browns n/a "     " n/a -
1931 St. Louis Browns 3 $13,000.00 n/a -
1932 St. Louis Browns 3 $11,500.00 n/a -
1933 Washington Senators 5 $11,000.00 - Stats
1934 Detroit Tigers 4 $9,000.00 - Stats
1935 Detroit Tigers 4 $10,000.00 - Stats
1936 Detroit Tigers 4 $12,000.00 Stats -
1937 Detroit Tigers 4 $12,000.00 - -
1938 Washington Senators 20 $7,000.00 - -


Goose Goslin is one of only three players to be the last hitter of two World Series , having struck out to end the 1925 World Series and won the 1935 World Series with his walk-off RBI single. The other two: Edgar Renteria won the 1997 World Series with a walk-off RBI single and ended the 2004 World Series with a groundout to the pitcher; Boss Schmidt of the Detroit Tigers ended the 1907 World Series by popping up and the 1908 World Series by grounding out.

1923 - Goose led the American League in triples, hitting 18 three-baggers. Two years later he led the junior circuit once again in triples and Goslin was the first Washington Senators player to lead the league in triples more than once.

1924 - Goose drove in 129 runs in 1924, the most by any player in the American League. The RBI Championship was his first (and only instance) as was the cycle he hit on August 28, 1924 (the second in franchise history for the Washington Senators ).

1928 - Goose won the batting title in 1928, on the very last day of the season. Goslin and Heinie Manush were tied with one game left and author Lawrence Ritter ( The Glory of Their Times . Harper Press. April 2010.) described what happened: "Manager Bucky Harris left the decision to Goslin on whether to bat or sit. Goslin decided to sit and take the batting crown, but his teammates (particularly Joe Judge ) goaded him that he would appear yellow if he didn't bat. Goslin was persuaded to bat and promptly took two strikes. At that point, Goslin recalled that he unsuccessfully tried to get ejected from the game, as the at bat would then disappear. Goslin began berating the home plate umpire about the strike calls, only to have the umpire tell him that he was not going to get ejected, and wasn't going to get a walk, so he better step back up and swing. Goslin ended up with what he called a 'lucky hit' to beat Manush by a fraction of a point."

1933 - Goose played in every single inning of the 1924 World Series , the 1925 World Series , and the 1933 World Series - the only player in franchise history to appear in every inning of every game that the Washington Senators participated in during their history.

1935 - Goose had a walk-off hit in Game 2 of the 1934 World Series . When he did it again, during Game 6 of the 1935 World Series , he became the first player with two walk-off hits during Fall Classic games!

1938 - Goose hit five pinch hit home runs across his nineteen year career. The first on May 22, 1928 , versus Eddie Rommel . The second on August 24, 1933 , versus Vic Frazier . His third was on June 29, 1937 , against Monty Stratton . Later that same year, on August 12 , John Whitehead surrendered the fourth. Then, on April 24, 1938 , Goose hit his fifth pinch hit home run off Spud Chandler setting a new American League record for pinch hit home runs in career (at the time, broken many times since then).

Goose Goslin Hall of Fame Plaque
Goose Goslin | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1968 ( HOF )
When Goose Goslin was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1968, along with Kiki Cuyler , he broke down and cried, "I have been lucky. I want to thank God, who gave me the health and strength to compete with these great players. I will never forget this. I will take this to my grave." Part of that luck he referred to might have been his 1928 batting title which was not decided until the last day of the season. Goslin and Heinie Manush of the St. Louis Browns were tied going into the final game, and the Senators and Browns played each other in the final game. Goslin was leading Manush when his turn came to bat in the ninth inning. If Goslin made an out, he would lose the batting crown. In Lawrence Ritter's 1966 oral history, The Glory of Their Times , Goslin described the events that followed. Manager Bucky Harris left the decision to Goslin on whether to bat or sit. Goslin decided to sit and take the batting crown, but his teammates (particularly Joe Judge ) goaded him that he would appear yellow if he didn't bat. Goslin was persuaded to bat and promptly took two strikes. At that point, Goslin recalled that he unsuccessfully tried to get ejected from the game, as the at bat would then disappear. Goslin began berating the home plate umpire about the strike calls, only to have the umpire tell him that he was not going to get ejected, and wasn't going to get a walk, so he better step back up and swing. Goslin ended up with what he called a "lucky hit" to beat Manush by a fraction of a point.

Goose Goslin
Goose Goslin | 1977 Bob Parker Baseball Card (#23) | Baseball Almanac Collection
Why the nickname? Goslin's difficulty in judging fly balls contributed to his nickname "Goose" as opposing players said Goslin resembled a bird flapping its wings when he ran after a ball with his arms waving. While not a great fielder, Goslin did have a good throwing arm, leading the American League in assists by an outfielder in 1924 and 1925. However, one year during Spring Training, Goslin wandered to an adjacent field where a track and field team was working out. Goslin tried the shot put, and his throwing arm was never the same afterward.

Last-Modified: October 28, 2018 3:19 AM EST

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