Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Goodbye Goose

It was reported last night that Seattle had lost another former athlete. Greg Goossen who played for the Pilots was found dead in his home in Sherman Oaks, CA on Saturday. He was scheduled to be inducted into the Notre Dame hall of fame that day. When he didn't show up for a photo session, a family member found him at home. Sadly, the list of deceased Pilots continues to grow, with Goossen joining shortstop Ray Oyler, pitchers Miguel Fuentes, Gene Brabender, George Brunet and Steve Barber, catcher Jim Pagliaroni, and manager Joe Schultz.

Greg wasn't the most gifted player, but made the most of his time in the majors. He was fairly successful after baseball, be a stand-in for Gene Hackman in many movies. A couple of years ago, the LA Daily News did a nice write up on Goossen here. Greg Goossen was 65 years old. I hope all the former Pilots that have passed are in heaven "pounding a Budweiser" together.

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