Greg Goossen, a former major-league catcher who was signed to a six-figure bonus by the Los Angeles Dodgers at 18 in 1964 and later worked as a private detective, boxing trainer and character actor, has died. He was 65.
Goossen batted .309 in 52 games for the Seattle Pilots in 1969. He also played 39 games for the Tacoma Cubs of the Pacific Coast League in 1971.
Goossen also played for the Mets, Brewers and Senators in the majors.
He led a colorful post-baseball life working as a private detective, and helped his brother, Joe, as a boxing trainer, working with Michael Nunn and Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas. Through boxing, he met Gene Hackman and later served as the actor’s stand-in. He also played minor characters in many of those films.
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