Dwight Gooden was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball history. Gooden reached new heights when he was the youngest recipient ever of Major League Baseball’s Cy Young Award and the pitcher’s Triple Crown.
Dwight Gooden, also known as "Doc" or "Dr. K", made his professional debut in the 1980s and rose to fame with the New York Mets. In 1984, at the mere age of 19, his powerful fastball and snapping curves astounded hitters he quickly became a national sensation.
During his rookie year, Gooden flourished as the youngest player to be in an All-Star game and finished the year by leading the league in strikeouts. Predictably, he was voted Rookie of the Year.The following year, Gooden produced one of the most statistically amazing seasons in baseball history, going 24-4 with 16 complete games, eight shutouts and 268 strikeouts in 276 2/3 innings with a miniscule 1.53 ERA. This season rightfully earned him the pitching Triple Crown along with the prestigious Cy Young Award.
During the Mets’ World Series season of 1986, Gooden finished the year with a 17-6 record and a 2.86 ERA. He was the ACE of the pitching staff and helped the Mets win their first World Series since 1969. One of his many career highlights came in 1996 where he threw a no-hitter for the New York Yankees and went on to win two more World Series Rings while wearing the pinstripes. Gooden ended his 16-year career with 194 wins, an ERA of 3.51, and 2,293 strikeouts in 2,800 2 /3 innings. On August 1, 2010 Doc was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame. He is one of the most beloved figures in New York sports history. Gooden is now an active spokesperson, helping to raise millions of dollars for Breast Cancer and Cancer Research, and serves as an ambassador for the NephCure Kidney International, Inc.