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Hall of Famer Goose Gossage visits refugee children in SLC

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Posted at 4:37 PM, May 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-07 18:38:19-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Hall of Fame pitcher Goose Gossage visited with 25 refugee children Wednesday as a reward for their participation in the National Baseball Hall of Fame's "Be A Superior Example" program.

"It's a lot of fun to be able to talk to kids and share the- You know, my career wasn't always made up of good things. You know, I had to deal with a lot of failure in my career. So, you have to learn how to deal with failure in baseball to be successful and it just parallels life in every way," Gossage said.

Gossage also threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Salt Lake Bees game against the Tacoma Rainiers Wednesday night.

The BASE program uses videoconferencing technology and examples from the world of baseball to teach children lessons about cultural diversity, women's history, civil rights, geography, statistics, economics, physical science and healthy living.

This year, the museum collaborated with Morgan Stanley to bring the BASE program to children at the Bud Bailey Apartment Community, which provides affordable housing for refugees and other low-income residents.