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Predictable, yet practically unhittable, Goose was a rare bird

Updated: July 28, 2008, 7:46 AM ET
By William Nack | ESPN.com

Rich Gossage was the most overpowering relief pitcher in the history of baseball, the absolutely ideal closer of his day or any other day, and the occasion of his induction into the baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown on Sunday -- after a ridiculous nine-year wait to make it through the gates -- brings back the most vivid memories of just how truly dominant he was.

When was the last time, for instance, that you heard a great veteran hitter say, after striking out, that he had just whiffed ...

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