Dwight Gooden

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden

Full Name: Dwight Eugene Gooden
Profession: Baseball Pitcher

United States of America

Biography: Dwight Gooden, nicknamed "Dr. K" and "Doc", is a former American professional baseball pitcher who played 16 seasons in the Major Leagues.

As a 19-year-old rookie with the NY Mets, Gooden burst onto the scene earning the first of 4 All-Star selections, winning the NL Rookie of the Year Award and leading the NL in strikeouts. In 1985, he won the NL Cy Young Award and achieved the pitching Triple Crown, compiling a 24–4 record, a league-leading 1.53 ERA, 268 strikeouts and 16 complete games.

In 1986, despite being part of the Mets' World Series victory, his career tapered as a result of the start of cocaine and alcohol addiction.

He did pitch a no-hitter with the Yankees in 1996 but Gooden's later career is littered with suspensions and club movements. Unfortunately his troubles with addiction continued after his retirement in 2000 resulting in several arrests and periods in prison.

Born: November 16, 1964
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, USA
Age: 58 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Scorpio

Historical Events

  • 1982-06-07 NY Mets draft Dwight Gooden, Roger McDowell & Randy Myers
  • 1984-08-22 Met pitcher Dwight Gooden becomes 11th rookie to strikeout 200
  • 1984-09-07 Met Dwight Gooden's 11 strikeouts gives him NL rookie record 236
  • 1984-09-12 NY Met Dwight Gooden sets rookie strike out record at 251
  • 1984-09-17 Dwight Gooden ties record of 32 strikeouts in consecutive games
  • 1984-11-19 NY Met Dwight Gooden, 20, is youngest to be named NL Rookie of Year
  • 1984-11-20 Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1985-08-20 1st NL pitcher to strike out 200+ in 1st 2 seasons (Dwight Gooden)
  • 1985-08-20 Met Dwight Gooden strikes out 16 on way to his 13th consecutive win
  • 1985-08-25 Met Dwight Gooden becomes youngest pitcher to win 20 games (20y 9m 9d)
  • 1985-11-13 Dwight Gooden, youngest 20 game winner, wins Cy Young award
  • 1985-11-18 Dwight Gooden (NL) & Bret Saberhagen (AL) win Cy Young
  • 1986-10-02 New York Mets' Dwight Gooden becomes first pitcher to collect 200 strikeouts in each of his first 3 seasons when he records 7 in 8-2 win v Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1987-06-05 Dwight Gooden returns from drug rehabilitation & allows wins game
  • 1989-06-19 Mets Dwight Gooden wins his 100th game (100-37)
  • 1992-03-03 Charges are filed in Florida against NY Mets Darryl Boston, Vince Coleman & Dwight Gooden of rape (dropped in April)
  • 1992-03-14 NY Met Daryl Boston, Vince Coleman & Dwight Gooden accused of rape
  • 1994-06-28 NY Met Pitcher Dwight Gooden suspended for 60 days due to drug charges
  • 1996-05-08 NY Yankee Dwight Gooden wins his 1st AL game beating Tigers 10-3
  • 1996-05-14 New York Yankees' controversial pitcher Dwight Gooden no-hits Seattle Mariners, 2-0 at Yankee Stadium

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