A Battle For the Ages

Retired pitcher Goose Gossage is livid over his Hall of Fame snub. When he (and you) should move on

With his supersize Fu Manchu mustache and seething scowl, former major league baseball pitcher Richard (Goose) Gossage scared the stirrups off hitters 30 years ago. Now 54, the Goose is firing 100 m.p.h. fastballs at a different set of heads: baseball writers who haven't voted him into the Hall of Fame. "I'll take on any writer, anywhere, on any show, and I will bury him," Gossage said in January after learning that Bruce Sutter, a star from the same era, got the Hall call. Gossage is still ticked. "These young writers have no clue," he told TIME. "They're completely wet. They're...

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