Chuck Goggin
Goggin with the Nashville Sounds in 1978
Born: (1945-07-07) July 7, 1945 (age 78)
Pompano Beach, Florida
Batted: Switch
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 8, 1972, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 22, 1974, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average.293
Home runs0

Charles Francis Goggin (born July 7, 1945) is a former utility player in Major League Baseball who played with three teams from 1972 to 1974 and is the most decorated Vietnam War veteran to play Major League Baseball. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1972–73), Atlanta Braves (1973) and Boston Red Sox (1974).

A pinch hitter and versatile player with a good throwing arm, Goggin made 35 appearances in all, mostly at second base, at 22 games. He also played 5 games each in left field and shortstop, two games as a backup catcher and a game in right field.

In his three-season career, Goggin was a .293 hitter (29-for-99) with seven RBI in 72 games (37 in pinch-hitting duties), including 19 runs, five doubles, and a .355 on-base percentage.

Following his playing career, Goggin managed the Nashville Sounds of the Southern League (1978) and also won a Mexican Pacific League championship with the 1978-79 Navojoa Mayos, a team that included future big leaguers Rickey Henderson and Randy Niemann on their roster.


Goggin is a Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantryman in 1966 and 1967. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart and served under Marine Col John Ripley. Following his career in baseball, Goggin resided in Nashville, Tennessee, and served as U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Tennessee.[1]


  1. ^ Wulf, Steve (November 13, 2013). "An American Hero". ESPN. Retrieved December 2, 2021.