Earlier this week, many Americans (myself included) celebrated President’s Day with a solid three day weekend. While the day off from teaching was nice, it’s time to share a little regarding some of America’s former leaders. To do so, I have hand selected a few answers from a questionnaire I sent former Dodgers pitcher Claude Osteen a couple of years ago. Enjoy!
Today’s installment of Five Questions features Jim Gosger, a lefty from Port Huron, Michigan, who spent the majority of his ten seasons in the majors as a reserve outfielder. Over the course of a select few seasons, Gosger was involved in several interesting baseball scenarios. When his Kansas City squad packed their bags in 1968, he played in the franchise’s first season in Oakland. Then, he was selected in the 1969 expansion draft by the Seattle Pilots, and he played 39 games in their only MLB season (the team would eventually move and become the Brewers). Finally, before the end of the 1969 season, he was traded and played 10 games for the eventual World Series champion “Miracle Mets” (although he did not log any time in the World Series). Over this past week, Jim was nice enough to answer a short series of questions for me through the mail.
The Detroit Tigers celebrate the 1968 World Series
Last weekend I had the opportunity to catch some of the 1968 World Series Champion Detroit Tigers in action as the Tigers hosted their annual Fantasy Camp. Obviously, I use the term “in action” loosely, but it was nice to get back out to the ballpark. Essentially, Fantasy Camp is an opportunity where normal, everyday fans can pay to suit up and play with a mix of players from the last 50+ years. While I’ll never pony up the money myself, I usually try and watch a little, seeing as it makes for a nice precursor to the real action in the spring.
A couple of pictures from my 2008 Wrigley trip, including the Ernie Banks statue outside the ballpark.
The baseball world and the 1968 set lost a legend this week.
While moving to Lakeland has slowly converted me to a Tigers fan, I grew up a Cubs fan and will always consider them my National League team. My childhood was spent idolizing Sandberg and then later Sosa. But no matter how much I looked up to these two players, those who had watched the game before me made sure that I knew one important fact – Ernie Banks would, without a doubt, always be Mr. Cub.
Here’s an action shot of me chasing CY Young winners around in my hometown…
After working hard on my basketball site, CHASING 72, I’m really excited to share with you my new baseball blog, CHASING 68!
While this site will primarily focus on my quest to get every card from the 1968 Topps baseball set signed, I also plan on writing about my adventures from the baseball world in in general. And seeing as I’ve lived in the Sunshine State for eight of the last eleven years, I’ve had my fair share of exposure to the ballpark. Currently, I call Lakeland, Florida home, which is also the Spring Training home of the Detroit Tigers.
With 598 cards in the main set, there will be no shortage of topics to discuss. Occasionally, I’ll also sprinkle in a baseball piece or two that I’ve already written for some other sites.
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