Tom Gordon

Thomas Flynn Gordon (born November 18, 1967), nicknamed "Flash", is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher.

He pitched for the Kansas City Royals (1988–95), Boston Red Sox (1996–99), Chicago Cubs (2001–02), Houston Astros (2002), Chicago White Sox (2003), New York Yankees (2004–05), Philadelphia Phillies (2006–08) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (2009). In 1998 he won the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award and led the American League in saves and in games finished, and in 1998-99 he set a then-MLB record with 54 consecutive saves.

Tom Gordon
Tom Gordon
Gordon with the New York Yankees
Born: November 18, 1967 (age 51)
Sebring, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 8, 1988, for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
May 3, 2009, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
Win–loss record138–126
Earned run average3.96
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Gordon was one of several children born to Annie and Thomas Gordon.[1] He was raised in abject poverty and his parents could not afford a telephone.[2] Gordon attended Avon Park High School in Avon Park, Florida, and was a letterman in baseball.[1] He was selected in the sixth round of the 1986 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals. He received a $38,000 signing bonus.[2]

Major league career

Early career

Gordon began his career as a starting pitcher with the Kansas City Royals, first appearing in five games at the age of 20 late in the 1988 season. He became an immediate sensation in Kansas City the following year, posting a 17-9 record and a 3.64 ERA in his first full season, and he finished second in the 1989 Rookie of the Year balloting. Gordon also recorded 153 strikeouts in 1989, the tenth highest total in the American League, all of which earned him the nickname "Flash."

Gordon continued to post top-10 strikeout totals during the 1990 and 1991 seasons, but his number of wins dropped each year while his ERA crept upwards. Finally, in 1992 Gordon had one of the worst season of his career, posting a 6-10 record and a 4.59 ERA. He bounced back with seasons of 11 or 12 wins from 1993 to 1995, but he never quite regained his rookie form. Prior to the 1996 season, Gordon left Kansas City and signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox.

In his first season in Boston, Gordon had a 12-9 record and a 5.59 ERA – the highest ERA of his career to that point. Over the next two years, however, the Red Sox converted Gordon from a starting pitcher to a closer and his career reignited. In 1998, Gordon set the club's single-season record for saves (46), with 43 of them in a row, and was named to his first All-Star Team. His success continued in 1999 setting a major league record with his 54th consecutive save in June, but a nagging elbow injury limited him to just 21 appearances, which required ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (or UCL) also known as Tommy John surgery, that forced him to spend 2000 on the disabled list. His popularity in Boston at this point led New England-based writer and Red Sox fan Stephen King to reference him as the object of infatuation for the young protagonist of the 1999 novel The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. After subsequent stops in Houston and both sides of Chicago, Gordon landed in New York. He was an invaluable addition to the Yankees bullpen, serving as a set-up for closer Mariano Rivera, or as a middle reliever in tough situations.


At this point, Gordon had compiled a career 122-111 record with 1733 strikeouts, a 3.99 ERA, 114 saves, and 1,896.2 innings in 671 games (203 as a starter).

He signed a three-year deal worth $18 million with the Phillies before the 2006 season. Gordon debuted in Philadelphia as a closer during the 2006 season, replacing Billy Wagner, who signed with the Mets after the 2005 season. On May 2, 2007, Gordon was placed on the disabled list due to a rotator cuff inflammation, at which time he was replaced in the closer slot by former starting pitcher Brett Myers.[3] Following both pitchers' return from the DL, Myers retained the closer position, while Gordon was shifted to a late-inning reliever. Flash was named to the 2006 NL All Star Team as the leading vote getter from the players.


Gordon had fully rehabilitated his arm and was prepared for the '08 season.

However, on July 6, 2008, Gordon was placed on the 15-day disabled list for tenderness in his right elbow. Fellow reliever Brad Lidge praised Gordon calling him "a stud" and said that the Phils were hoping for him to return to the team after his 15-day stint. Prior to being placed on the disabled list, Gordon recorded a 13.45 earned run average giving up six runs in four total innings since June 11. He eventually was ruled out for the season but was able to earn his only World Series ring on the bench in the 2008 World Series.


On February 6, 2009, Gordon signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[4] After spending most of the season on the disabled list, he was released on August 11.


On August 9, Gordon said that he still thinks he has what it takes to compete, but that he's "fine" with retirement.[5]

Career highlights and achievements

  • Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award (1998)
  • Led AL in saves (1998)
  • Led AL in games finished (69, 1998)
  • Set an MLB record with 54 consecutive saves (1998–99)
  • Led AL in Holds (36) 2004
  • Three-time All-Star (1998, 2004, 2006)
  • Only pitcher in MLB history with 100 wins, saves, and holds.
  • World Series Champion (2008)


Gordon has five children with four different women, none of whom he married.[6] He is the father of Tamasha, Devaris, Thomas, Thomana, and Nicholas.

His oldest son, Dee, plays for the Seattle Mariners. His youngest son, Nick, was drafted fifth overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft and currently plays for their Class AA affiliate Chattanooga Lookouts.[7] Gordon is the guardian of Cleveland Indians minor league pitcher Juan Hillman.[8]

Two of Gordon's brothers, Anthony Gordon and Pork Chop Pough, played professional baseball.[9] Anthony was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 26th round of the 1987 draft and played 7 minor league seasons.[10] Pough was drafted in the third round by the Cleveland Indians a year later and played 7 seasons in MiLB followed by one season in the Mexican League and five in the Atlantic League.[11]

In popular culture

Gordon is mentioned by name in the title, and frequently referred to in the Stephen King novel The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.

See also


  1. ^ a b Rowland, Kate (9 August 2010). "Baseball's 'Flash' Gordon fine with retirement". Highlands Today. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b Nightengale, Bob (June 4, 2014). "Nightengale: MLB draft highlights Gordons' special bond". USA Today. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Philadelphia Phillies place closer Tom Gordon on disabled list". Archived from the original on 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
  4. ^ "D-backs sign Tom Gordon to one-year contract".
  5. ^ "Baseball's 'Flash' Gordon fine with retirement". 9 August 2010.
  6. ^ Nightengale, Bob (July 15, 2006). "Gordon ready to lead". USA Today. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "Early look at top five prospects for next year's MLB draft".
  8. ^ "Juan Hillman, Gordon family share a special bond". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  9. ^ Dahn, Jeff (May 28, 2010). "'Flash' Gordon makes the scene". Perfect Game. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Tony Gordon Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Pork Chop Pough Minor, Mexican & Independent Leagues Statistics & History". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 6 January 2018.

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Billy Wagner
Steve Carlton Most Valuable Pitcher
Succeeded by
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1986 Major League Baseball draft

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1990 Kansas City Royals season

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1998 Boston Red Sox season

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1999 American League Championship Series

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Barter Island

Barter Island is an island located on the Arctic coast of the U.S. state of Alaska, east of Arey Island in the Beaufort Sea. It is about four miles (6 km) long and about two miles (3 km) wide at its widest point.

Until the late 19th century, Barter Island was a major trade center for the Inupiat people and was especially important as a bartering place for Inupiat from Alaska and Inuit from Canada, hence its name.

At one time before about 1900, there had been a large whaling village on Barter Island. Tradition has it that the Alaska Inupiat drove the villagers, Canadian Inupiat, from the island in about 1900.

In about 1919, trader Tom Gordon and his wife, Mary Agiaq Gordon, moved from Barrow to Barter Island with their family, some relatives, friends, and their families. Mary's younger brother, Andrew Akootchook, helped to choose the location for the trading post, because of its good harbor and convenient and accessible location for hunting on land and sea. Tom Gordon and the settlers built a trading post at the site and a few families settled near Gordon's trading post.

Fosh (baseball)

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The origin of the fosh is unknown. Mike Boddicker was the first pitcher known to throw it, having tried it in the 1980s. As pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox, Al Nipper taught the pitch to Jeff Suppan in 1995, and Tom Gordon and Roger Clemens in 1996. Other pitchers who have used it in a game are Jason Frasor, Trevor Hoffman, Johan Santana,Jason Bere and Carl Pavano, and Carlos Rosa.There are various etymologies for the term "fosh". According to The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches, three derivations are known. One is that Earl Weaver described it as "a cross between a fastball and a dead fish". Another is a description by David Nied, who said the term sounds "like the perfect word for the movement of the pitch". A third derivation, from Al Nipper, is that fosh is an acronym for "full of ...".


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The Koorawatha Hotel has a long narrow bar and keen-eyed patrons may notice that there is a rather elongated-looking wombat on top of the ‘fridge.

At the 2006 census, Koorawatha had a population of 258. The town's name is derived from an aboriginal word for "pine trees".Koorawatha is located near the Illunie Range which contains the Koorawatha Nature Reserve, an important tract of virgin bushland.

Keen bird watchers may find much to reward them at the Koorawatha Falls area at the Nature Reserve.

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At the site of the gun battle there is a sign where the old Bang Bang Hotel used to be. It is inconspicuously located by a peppercorn tree in the township, about half a kilometre west from the Olympic Highway.

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List of awards and nominations received by Stephen King

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Stephen King bibliography

The following is a complete list of books published by Stephen King, an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, and many of them have been adapted into feature films, television movies and comic books. King has published 60 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and five non-fiction books. He has written over 200 short stories, most of which have been compiled in book collections. Many of his stories are set in his home state of Maine.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

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Thomas Gordon

Thomas Gordon may refer to:

Thomas Burnett Gordon (1652–1722), American lawyer and politician of the colonial period

Thomas Gordon (Royal Scots Navy officer) (c. 1658–1741), Commodore in the Royal Scots Navy and then Admiral and Commander-in-Chief at Kronstadt of the Imperial Russian navy

Thomas Gordon (writer) (c. 1691–1750), British writer

Thomas Gordon (philosopher) (1714–1797), Scottish philosopher and antiquarian

Thomas Gordon (British Army officer) (1788–1841), British army officer and historian

Thomas Boston Gordon (1816–1891), civil war captain, lawyer and judge from Kentucky

Thomas Edward Gordon (1832–1914), British traveller, author of a book about 19th-century Kashgaria

Thomas Gisborne Gordon (1851–1935), Ireland rugby player

Thomas Gordon (Australian politician) (1882–1949), Australian politician and businessman

Thomas S. Gordon (1893–1959), U.S. Representative from Illinois

Thomas C. Gordon (1915–2003), Virginia state supreme court justice

Thomas Gordon (psychologist) (1918–2002), American clinical psychologist

Thomas P. Gordon (born 1952), American politician and law enforcement expert

Thomas Gordon (bishop), Presiding Bishop of the Orthodox Anglican Church and Metropolitan Archbishop

Thomas Gordon (rugby union) (born 1997), Scottish rugby union player

Thomas David Gordon (born 1954), professor and theologian

Tom Gordon (born 1967), American baseball player

Tom Gordon (priest) (born 1957), Dean of Leighlin

Tom Gordon (politician)

Tom Gordon is a former member of the Arizona House of Representatives. He served in the House from January 1999 through January 2001, representing district 3. He did not run for re-election in 2000.

Tom Gordon (priest)

Thomas William (Tom) Gordon (born 1957) is the current Dean of Leighlin.He was born in Portadown, educated at the University of Ulster and ordained deacon in 1989 and priest in 1980. He began his ecclesiastical career as a Minor Canon at St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast. He was the Priest Vicar at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin from 1996 to 2010 when he moved to Old Leighlin.In 2011, the Very Rev Tom Gordon became the first cleric of the Church of Ireland to enter into a same-sex civil partnership, and this was welcomed by his community.

Walter Baldwin

Walter S. Baldwin Jr. (January 2, 1889 − January 27, 1977) was a prolific character actor whose career spanned five decades and 150 film and television roles, and numerous stage performances.

Baldwin was born in Lima, Ohio from a theatrical family and served in the First World War.

He was probably best known for playing the father of the handicapped sailor in The Best Years of Our Lives. He was the first actor to portray "Floyd the Barber" on The Andy Griffith Show.

Prior to his first film roles in 1939, Baldwin had appeared in more than a dozen Broadway plays. He played Whit in the first Broadway production of Of Mice and Men, and also appeared in the original Grand Hotel in a small role, as well as serving as the production's stage manager. He originated the role of Bensinger, the prissy Chicago Tribune reporter, in the 1928 Broadway production of The Front Page.

In the 1960s he had small acting roles in television shows such as Petticoat Junction and Green Acres. He continued to act in motion pictures, and one of his last roles was in Rosemary's Baby.

Baldwin was known for playing solid middle class burghers, although sometimes he gave portrayals of eccentric characters. He played a customer seeking a prostitute in The Lost Weekend and the rebellious prison trusty Orvy in Cry of the City. Walter Baldwin was featured in a lot of John Deere Day Movies from 1949-59 where he played the farmer Tom Gordon. In this series of Deere Day movies over a decade he helped to introduce many new pieces of John Deere farm equipment year-by-year. In each yearly movie he would be shown in a Tom Gordon Family Film where he would be buying new John Deere farm equipment or a new green and yellow tractor. A picture of Walter Baldwin playing Tom Gordon can be found on page 108 of Bob Pripp's book John Deere Yesterday & Today

Hal Erickson writes in Allmovie: "With a pinched Midwestern countenance that enabled him to portray taciturn farmers, obsequious grocery store clerks and the occasional sniveling coward, Baldwin was a familiar (if often unbilled) presence in Hollywood films for three decades."


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