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Tom 'Flash' Gordon
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Baseball Player
    (November 18, 1967- )
    Born in Sebring, Florida
    Pitcher 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)
    Career record was 138–126
    Recorded 158 career saves
    AL Rolaids Relief Man Award winner (1998)
    World Series champion (2008)
    He struggled to find consistency as a starting pitcher.
    His win-loss record and performance regressed considerably in the years following his rookie season.
    His inconsistency as a starter prompted the Red Sox to relegate him to the bullpen.
    He played on eight different teams during his career.
    He claims to be deeply religious.
    He fathered five children out of wedlock with four different women.
    He was the subject of the Stephen King novel 'The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.'
    He named his daughters Tamasha and Thomana, and one of his sons after himself.
    He overcame extreme poverty to make it to the majors.
    He finished second in the voting for the American League Rookie of the Year Award (1989).
    He revived his career upon being relegated to the bullpen.
    He set a new Red Sox franchise record for most saves recorded in a single season (1998).
    He is the first pitcher in major league history to record 100 wins, saves, and holds.
    He is the father of second generation baseball players Dee and Nick Gordon.
    He won a World Series ring in his second last major league season (2008).
    He was a versatile pitcher during his 21 seasons, pitching in the starting, closing and relief roles.

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