Greg Goossen
Greg Goossen

1945 - 2011

About an hour before he was scheduled to be inducted into Notre Dame High's inaugural Hall of Fame class on Saturday, February 26, 2011, former Major League baseball player Greg Goossen was found dead in his Sherman Oaks home by his oldest daughter. He was 65.

Greg  was a two-time All-Southern Section selection in football and baseball at Notre Dame, spurning a USC football scholarship to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1964. He was traded to the Mets and eventually played six seasons in the majors.

Greg worked as a private detective and a boxing trainer. He also worked as an actor and was a longtime stand-in for Gene Hackman.

Greg was one of ten children and attended St. Frances De Sales grade school prior to attending Notre Dame. He is survived by three daughters, Erin Hyder, Tracey Woodside and Kimberly Goossen.

"Greg got the job done. He, as we all know could be intimidating, but the soft side that showed itself
in these last few years, simply added to his amazing character. If any of you see Greg before I do, I will deny I said that.  I, like all of us, will miss Greg but he will live "BIG" in my heart. I Love you Greg."
 Jay Hood