Goose Gossage, from my hometown of Colorado Springs, made the Hall of Fame today. I have met him a few times at his kid's baseball games and also at a volleyball match. He is a big guy but always has the time to talk to other people. It's nice he finally got in. Goose Gossage voted into Baseball Hall of Fame BY CORKY SIEMASZKO DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Tuesday, January 8th 2008, 2:07 PM It took nine tries, but Goose Gossage finally made it into the Hall of Fame. The former Yankee closer, who notched 310 saves during a 22-year career, became only the fifth relief pitcher to be voted into Cooperstown by the Baseball Writers' Associated of America. Gossage is now part of a Hall of Fame bullpen that includes Hoyt Wilhelm, Rollie Fingers, Dennis Eckersley and Bruce Suttor. Gossage, who played for the Yankees from 1978-83 and in 1989, was the kind of closer that doesn't exist anymore in Major League Baseball. He routinely worked two innings or more to save a game. Ace relievers, including the Yanks' Mariano Rivera, now rarely work more than an inning, relying on set-up pitchers to get the team into the ninth inning. "Now it takes three guys to do kind of what I used to do," Gossage said before the vote. Gossage, 56, lives in Colorado Springs, Col. When Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn were elected last year, Gossage was third with 388 votes (71.2%) â€” 21 votes shy of the 75% needed for election.