Former Major League Baseball player Greg Goossen died over the weekend. He was 65.
Goossen was a prep baseball star in Southern California. In a seven-year career, he played for the New York Mets, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Senators.
Goossen certainly led an interesting life after baseball. He was a private detective, boxing trainer and a longtime Hollywood stand-in for actor Gene Hackman. Among the fighters Goossen worked with were Michael Nunn and the Ruelas brothers. Goossen was also the guy traded by the Senators for Curt Flood. That trade followed Flood’s infamous anti-trust lawsuit against MLB.
Goossen received six figures to sign with te Los Angeles Dodgers as a bonus baby. He may be most famous as the foil of one of former Mets manager Casey Stengel’s all-time great quotes. Stengel pointed out Goossen during Spring Training one year and told reporters, “This is Greg Goossen. He’s 20 years old, and in 10 years he has a chance to be 30.”
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