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 Autograph on a 1961 Fleer Baseball Card (#35)
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Goose Goslin Miscellaneous Items of Interest
|Team [Click for Roster]||Uniform Numbers||Salary||All-Star||World Series|
|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 Stats by Baseball Almanac|
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 | 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 | 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: April 11, 2020 5:35 AM EST