Along with Red Ruffing, the eccentric Lefty Gomez anchored a pitching staff that dominated the 1930’s. Before the days of Yogi Berra, it was the southpaw that was the known for witty banter and unique sense of humor.
This shouldn’t take away from what “El Goofo” did on the mound. Gomez twice won the Pitcher’s Triple Crown (leading in Wins, Strikeouts and ERA) and posted a 189-101 record as a Yankee. He also helped New York win six World Series Championships, and actually never lost a game in the Fall Classic, going 6-0.
He would enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972 as a Veteran’s Committee selection.