They were immortalized, of course, in Jim Bouton's classic "Ball Four," a diary of his 1969 season with the Pilots -- their only season in Seattle before bolting to Milwaukee to become the Milwaukee Brewers. Goossen makes a quick appearance in Ball Four, an anecdote on page 13 in which Bouton recalls a minor-league game he played against Goossen, a catcher in those days. A ball is bunted back to the pitcher, and Goossen came running out from behind the plate, screaming, "First base! First base!" The pitcher instead threw to second, and everyone was safe.
"As Goose walked back behind the plate, looking disgusted, I shouted at him from the dugout, "Goose, he had to consider the source.''
When they are reunited as teammates in Seattle during spring training two years later, Goossen greets Bouton by saying, "Consider the source, huh?"