• The Continuing Attempt To Educate A Montreal Expos Fan About D.C. Baseball History:
Leon Allen "Goose" Goslin was 23-years-old when he hit .344/.344/.656 with 11 hits in 32 postseason at bats as the left fielder on the World Series-winning 1924 Washington Senators' roster. Born on October 16, 1900, in Salem, New Jersey, Goslin (according to the always reliable Wikipedia) was discovered by one-time Senators' pitcher and legendary scout Joe Engel, who recommended the defensively-challenged outfielder to Senators' owner "The Old Fox" Clark Griffith. Griffiith signed Goslin and brought him up to the nation's capital late in 1921, for the first of Goslin's 18 major league seasons. Goslin led the Senators' offense in 1924, hitting .344/.421/.516 over 154 games in which he collected 30 doubles and a team-leading 17 triples, 12 HR's and 129 RBI's in 579 at bats.
Goslin would play 12 seasons total for the Senators returning to D.C. twice after stints with the St. Louis Browns and Detroit Tigers before finally retiring from the game at the age of 37 following the 1938 season. Goslin's .316/.387/.500 career slash line and his presence on two World Series-winning teams, (he was on the 1935 Series-winning Detroit Tigers' roster), earned him a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame, when he was voted in by the Veterans Commitee in 1968.
On his official Hall of Fame page, it's noted that, "Goose Goslin is the only man to have played in each of the 19 World Series games featuring the Washington Senators." In his induction speech, which he reportedly read through tears, Mr. Goslin humbly thanked those who'd bestowed the honor upon him:
"Naturally, this is a happy day of my life. It’s one that I’m proud of. I have been lucky and I want to thank God who gave me the health, the strength to compete with these great players. I want to thank all those who selected me as their choice at this great honor. It will be one…I will never forget. I will take it with me to my grave. Thank you."
Mr. Goslin died on May 15, 1971 in Bridgeton, NJ and he's buried in the Baptist Cemetery in Salem, New Jersey, the town he was born in. When the Washington Nationals unveiled the Nationals Park "Ring of Honor" as part of a celebration marking Montreal Expos' great Andre Dawson's election to the Hall of Fame, Goslin's name was featured on the facade above the park's lower bowl of seats, right between Senators' catcher Rick Ferrell and the "Old Fox" himself, Mr. Griffith. Today would have been Goslin's 110th birthday.