In August and September 1989, the Toronto Blue Jays were battling their way back to an AL East division crown and an 89-73 record after starting the season just 12-24. From August 8-22, a rookie pitcher named Mauro “Goose” Gozzo picked up four wins for the Jays, including three in a row in his only three starts of the season. For that very brief time, Goose captured the hearts of Jays fans. It was an entertaining team, and he had some competition in terms of names – Junior and Mookie and so on.
However, it wasn’t all rainbows and kittens for Goose. On the final day of the season, Goose allowed five runs, blowing the save and preventing his team from winning 90 games. He didn’t pitch in their five game loss to Oakland in the ALCS, and never pitched for the Blue Jays again. There’s a great summary of his career over at The Greatest 21 Days.
These days, Goose runs a baseball organization called “Goose’s Gamers,” which isn’t a ridiculous name at all. If you’re going to go by a nickname like Goose, you might as well get full mileage out of it.