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Greg Goossen, Former Dodgers Catcher, Dies At 65

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Greg Goossen, a former major leagues catcher who was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers at age 18 and led a colorful life after his baseball career by working as character actor, has died. He was 65.

His brother, Michael, said Monday that one of Goossen’s daughters found him dead Saturday at his Sherman Oaks home after he did not show up for a photo session related to his induction into his high school’s hall of hame.

He says it appears he suffered a heart attack.

The Dodgers drafted Goossen, signing him for a six-figure bonus.

A year later, the Mets picked him up on a waiver from the Dodgers.

Through boxing, he met Gene Hackman and later served as the actor’s stand-in in more than a dozen movies.

(© Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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