November 6, 1942 |
Port Huron, Michigan
|May 4, 1963 for the Boston Red Sox|
Last MLB appearance
|September 22, 1974 for the New York Mets|
|Runs batted in||177|
James Charles Gosger (born November 6, 1942 in Port Huron, Michigan) is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman. He played from 1963-1974 for six different teams. Gosger was listed at 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) and 185 pounds (84 kg) and batted and threw left-handed. During a 10-year baseball career, Gosger batted .226 with 30 home runs and 411 hits in 705 games played.
Basically a contact, line-drive hitter, Gosger was a fine reserve outfielder with a strong throwing arm, appearing in 555 games at center field (291), left (216) and right (83), and eventually as a first baseman (25).
Gosger broke into the majors in 1963 with the Boston Red Sox, playing for them two and a half years before joining the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics (1966–68), Seattle Pilots (1969), New York Mets (1969), Montreal Expos (1970–71), and again with the Mets (1973–74). His most productive season came in 1967 with Kansas City, when he posted career-highs in games (134), home runs (7) and hits (86), while hitting .242 with 36 RBI.
- An original Seattle Pilot, he was also on both the 1969 and 1973 National League champions Mets.
- Made slightly infamous by Jim Bouton in his book Ball Four for muttering the words "Yeah, sure".