Friday, March 04, 2011

Greg Goossen, R. I. P.

Greg Goossen, Baseball Player Who Broke Mold, Dies at 65 - "Yogi Berra called him overweight. Casey Stengel uttered a famous line about him. And Jim Bouton, the pitcher-turned-author, said he was the only teammate on the short-lived Seattle Pilots who interested him, because he could laugh at himself.

Greg Goossen broke the mold. He was once a young prospect who never lived up to expectations but who made his way around the major leagues — from the Dodgers to the Mets and teams beyond — and wound up figuring in some memorable moments in baseball history. Each might have made him only a footnote. Together they made him into something more."

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

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