Gregory Bryant Goossen: 1945-2011
The Mets alumni family lost another member this weekend. Greg Goosen, a catcher who made his major league debut with the 1965 Mets at the age of 19, died on Saturday at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He was 65. Goosen did not have a long or illustrious Mets career.
Legendary Mets manager Casey Stengel reportedly said about him: “This is Greg Goossen. He’s 19 years old, and in 10 years he’s got a chance to be 29.”
Goosen also played for the Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Senators before leaving baseball in 1971. His post-baseball life sounds like it was interesting, though. Goosen was a private detective, was involved in boxing and worked as a stand-in for actor Gene Hackman in a variety of films.
Goosen was to be inducted into the Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High School Hall of Fame the night that he died.
Positions: First Baseman, Pinch Hitter and Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 210 lb.
Born: December 14, 1945 in Los Angeles, CA
High School: Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, CA)
Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1964. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 3, 1965
Teams (by GP): Mets/Pilots/Senators/Brewers 1965-1970
Final Game: October 1, 1970
Died: February 26, 2011 in Sherman Oaks, CA (Aged 65)
Buried: Body donated to UCLA Medical School
Photo: Greg Goossen in February of 1964.
Credit: Al Markado / Los Angeles Times
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame held its first Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday night, and it was dedicated to inductee Greg Goossen, who was supposed to be at the event but was found dead at his nearby home. He was 65. ("Ex-major leaguer Greg Goossen dies.")
Goossen was a standout football and baseball player for the Knights. He comes from a family of eight boys and two girls. The family has been well known for its love of sports.
Goossen had looked forward to Saturday night. "He said, 'It's the highlight of my life being inducted into the Notre Dame Hall of Fame,' " said Jeff Kraemer, one of the school organizers.