There are those that are willing to turn their back on baseball players that used performance enhancing drugs and are willing to find a place in baseball’s Hall of Fame for them. Players like Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa.
Baseball Hall of Famer Goose Gossage is glad for one that none of the cheaters were voted into the Hall of Fame during the resent vote by baseball sports writers. Gossage said, “If these guys get into the Hall of Fame, I don’t know that I’ll ever go back again, because it won’t mean the same to me.”
None of the players linked to steroids came close to securing the 75% of the vote necessary to gain induction into the hall.
Gossage started his career in Appleton as a part of the 1970 Appleton Foxes. He became one of the premier relief pitchers in the game and spent 22 years in the Major Leagues. His career included 9 All-Star and 3 World Series appearances. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.
Gossage was given the Red Smith Award at the 48th annual Red Smith Sports Award Banquet in Appleton on Tuesday night.
Following is an interview done by a colleague of mine, Justin Hull from WSCO Radio in Appleton (Woodward Communications Inc.) with Gossage.