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James Charles Gosger (born November 6, 1942) is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman. He played from 1963 to 1974 for six different teams. Gosger was listed at 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) and 185 pounds (84 kg) and batted and threw left-handed. During a 10-year baseball career, Gosger batted .226 with 30 home runs and 411 hits in 705 games played.

Jim Gosger
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Born: (1942-11-06) November 6, 1942 (age 76)
Port Huron, Michigan
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 4, 1963, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 22, 1974, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Batting average.226
Home runs30
Runs batted in177

Gosger appeared in 555 games at center field (291), left (216) and right (83), and eventually as a first baseman (25).

Gosger broke into the majors in 1963 with the Boston Red Sox, playing for them two and a half years before joining the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics (1966–68), Seattle Pilots (1969), New York Mets (1969), Montreal Expos (1970–71), and again with the Mets (1973–74). In 1967 with Kansas City, he posted career-highs in games (134), home runs (7) and hits (86), while hitting .242 with 36 RBI.

In June 2019, the Mets accidentally included Gosger in a video meant to honor deceased members of their 1969 championship team; the Mets later apologized to Gosger.[1]


  1. ^ Tasch, Justin (June 30, 2019). "Mets apologize to player they accidentally declared dead". New York Post. Retrieved July 1, 2019.

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