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UnforMETable, Episode 37: Greg Goossen

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From promising young prospect to a extensive IMDB resume, this former Met had a colorful life.

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Welcome to UnforMETable, an Amazin’ Avenue Audio show that looks back on less heralded, more obscure Mets players from the past.

When the Mets acquired Greg Goossen from the Dodgers organization for $8,000 prior to the 1965 season, the young catcher with power potential quickly became one of the more promising prospects in the young organization.

Goossen never lived up to his potential with the Mets, though he caught the notice of—and was the subject of memorable anecdotes from—both Yogi Berra and Casey Stengel.

Afterwards, his most successful season in baseball—in the sole season for the Seattle Pilots—landed him a supporting role in Jim Bouton’s iconic Ball Four, before his post-baseball career led him into the orbit of Gene Hackman, which he parlayed into a lengthy career of minor movie roles.

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