Gossage A Hall Of Famer

Goose Gossage has became only the fifth relief pitcher elected to the Hall of Fame, earning baseball's highest honor today in his ninth try on the ballot. Known for his overpowering fastball, fiery temperament and bushy mustache, the Goose was the only former player to receive the requisite 75 percent of the votes from 10-year members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America needed for enshrinement in Cooperstown.

Former Red Sox slugger Jim Rice has one chance left to be elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Rice fell 16 votes short this year and will appear on the writers' ballot for the final time next year, when career steals leader Rickey Henderson will be among the newcomers.

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