Names I Can’t Believe Aren’t Famous – Goose Gozzo

1 Jul
1990 Topps - Goose Gozzo

1990 Topps – Goose Gozzo

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.

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One Response to “Names I Can’t Believe Aren’t Famous – Goose Gozzo”

  1. Doug Middleton October 13, 2013 at 8:36 PM #

    I followed the Jays for a few years now but this year I feel I have to give my opinion on this years team. First Arincibia. His defenceive play was symply put atrocious. The poorest catcher I have seen in the pro league for a very long time. Offencively his batting was terrible. Always going for the fence. In general a very undissaplined batter. In my opinion he should absolutely be traded. As for Coach Gibbons he should also without a doubt be fired. His record this year speaks for itself. We lost an excellent coach and replaced him with someone who doesn’t have what it takes to coach at that level. It was very obvious to me and I suspect other as well that we were lacking in leadership this year. Please…. as a dedicated Blue Jay fan from the West take a very serious look at the two above mentioned people and do something about it before the next coming season. Thank You

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