Hall of Fame relief pitcher Goose Gossage is the featured speaker at the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission banquet on Thursday night at the Hyatt Hotel.
Gossage was elected to the Hall in 2008 after a 21-year major-league career as one of the game’s most dominant closers. He compiled 310 saves, most notably with the Yankees and Padres.
The Sports Commission will also award area athletes of the year and the 14th Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation’s top college baseball catcher.
School: Georgia Tech junior
Honors: Third-team All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball.
Stats: Hit .361 with 14 home runs, 66 RBIs.
Drafted: Fourth round by Kansas City.
School: New Mexico junior
Honors: First-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, not listed by Baseball America; co-player of the year in the Mountain West Conference.
Stats: Hit .387 with five home runs, 65 RBIs.
Drafted: Ninth round by Minnesota.
School: Mississippi junior
Honors: Baseball America first-team All-American, second team by Collegiate Baseball.
Stats: Hit .381 with five home runs, 50 RBIs. Threw out 21 of 41 basestealers.
Drafted: Third round by Minnesota.