Goose Goslin

Goose Goslin

OF, 3B, 1B
October 16, 1900
5' 11"
185 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-16-1921 with WS1
Hall of Fame:


Leon "Goose" Goslin won batting titles in the minor leagues and the American League. He won World Series with the Senators and the Tigers. He drove in 100 or more runs eleven times, and was known as one of the best fastball hitters of his time. The Washington Post called Goslin, "Washington's answer to Babe Ruth." A clutch hitter, Goslin was famous for driving in the winning run in Detroit's first World Series championship.

Unform Number

#3 (1931-1932), #5 (1933), #4 (1934-1937), #20 (1938)

Replaced By

Goslin's inconsistency in the early part of 1937, cost him his left field job with Detroit. He was replaced with Gee Walker.

Best Season

Goslin won the batting title in his famous race with Heinie Manush. His .379 average was a career-high, and he also clubbed 17 homers, had 102 RBI (his fifth straight 100-RBI season), and struck out just 19 times. Goslin, who made himself into a strong baserunner despite a lack of natural speed, swiped 16 bases in 19 tries, and scored 80 runs in 135 games. Had he been healthier he would have posted even better numbers. He slugged .614 with a .442 OBP.

Factoid 1

On April 28, 1934, Goose Goslin grounded into four double plays in consecutive at-bats, but his Tigers still proved victorious, 4-1.

Factoid 2

During the 1935 World Series against the Cubs, Goslin kept an entire rabbit in the clubhouse, figuring if a rabbit's foot was good luck, then an entire rabbit must be even better. Goslin delivered the Series-winning hit in Game Six.


June 13, 1930: Traded by the Washington Senators to the St. Louis Browns for Alvin "General" Crowder and Heinie Manush; December 14, 1932: Traded by the St. Louis Browns with Fred Schulte and Lefty Stewart to the Washington Senators for Sam West, Carl Reynolds, Lloyd Brown, and $20,000 cash; December 20, 1933: Traded by the Washington Senators to the Detroit Tigers for John Stone.


Hitting for power. The parks he played in hid this fact, but Goslin was an excellent power-hitter.


Throwing arm. After his 1928 injury involving the shot-put, Goslin's arm was weakened.


Late in 1935, Goslin collected his 2,500th career hit, while with Detroit.


On August 19, 1930, Goslin belted three homers against the Athletics in Philadelphia. He hit the first off Rube Walberg, and the other two off Eddie Rommel, as the Browns won, 7-0.

Lowest % of Homers hit in Home Park (min. 200 HR)

Goose Goslin... 37.0% Tim Wallach... 38.7% Sid Gordon... 40.5% Bill Skowron... 40.7% Joe Adcock... 40.8% Joe DiMaggio... 40.9% Pedro Guerrero... 41.8% Roberto Clemente... 42.0% Bill Nicholson... 42.1% George Brett... 42.9% Tony Oliva... 43.1% Larry Parrish... 43.7%


The only time Goose Goslin was pinch-hit for came in his final major league game. When Goslin swung and missed at a pitch from Boston's Lefty Grove in 1938, he strained a muscle in his back and was unable to finish the at-bat. His career was over.

1968 Hall of Fame, Baseball History, Detroit Tigers, Goose Goslin, Washington Senators
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