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Encyclopedia > Dwight Gooden
Dwight Gooden
Starting pitcher
Born: November 16, 1964 (1964-11-16) (age 42)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 7, 1984
for the New York Mets
Final game
September 29, 2000
for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Record     194-112
ERA     3.51
Strikeouts     2293
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Dwight Eugene Gooden (born November 16, 1964 in Tampa, Florida), also known as Doc Gooden or Dr. K, is a former major league baseball player. He was one of the most dominant and feared pitchers in the National League in the middle and late 1980s, but his career declined precipitously, primarily due to injuries and drug abuse. In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... 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Career

A native of Tampa, Florida, Gooden was drafted in the first round in 1982, the fifth player taken overall. He spent one season in the minors, in which he led the Class-A Carolina League in wins, strikeouts and ERA. Gooden had 300 strikeouts in 191 innings, a performance which convinced Mets manager Davey Johnson that he was capable of making the unusual leap to the majors. Nickname: Location in Hillsborough County and the state of Florida. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 13 - Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson become the 12th and 13th players elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in their first year of eligibility. ... David Allen Johnson (born January 30, 1943) in Orlando, Florida is a former second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. ...


Gooden made his major-league debut on April 7, 1984 with the New York Mets at the age of 19. He quickly developed a reputation with his 98 MPH fastball and sweeping curveball, which was given the superlative nickname of "Lord Charles," in contrast with "Uncle Charlie," a common nickname for a curveball. He was dubbed "Dr. K," (by analogy with basketball's "Dr. J", Julius Erving, and also in reference to the letter "K" being the standard abbreviation for strikeout), which soon became shortened to "Doc". Gooden soon attracted a rooting section at Shea Stadium that called itself "The K Korner," and would hang up another card with a red "K" after each of his strikeouts. April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1984 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league titles World Series titles... Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950 in Roosevelt, New York), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a former American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. ... Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Dunn strikes out swinging to Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz (not pictured). ... William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, is an American baseball stadium in Flushing, New York. ...


That season, Gooden won 17 games (the most by a 19-year-old since Wally Bunker won 19 games in 1964 and the second for a Mets rookie behind only Jerry Koosman's 19 wins in 1968). The youngest All-Star selection in baseball history, Gooden showed his dominance by striking out the 3 all-stars he faced in that game. Gooden led the league in strikeouts (276, breaking Herb Score's rookie record of 245 in 1955), and also set the record for most strikeouts in three consecutive starts with 43. Gooden was voted the Rookie of The Year, giving the Mets two consecutive winners of that award (Darryl Strawberry had been the recipient in 1983). He also became the third Mets pitcher to win the award, joining Tom Seaver (1967) and Jon Matlack (1972). Wally Bunker (born Wallace Edward Bunker on January 25, 1945 in Seattle, Washington) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1964 throughout the world. ... Jerome Martin Jerry Koosman (born December 23, 1942 in Appleton, Minnesota) is a former left-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies between 1967 and 1985. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1968 throughout the world. ... Herbert Jude Score (born June 7, 1933) is a former baseball player and announcer. ... The following are the events of the year 1955 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ... Darryl Eugene Strawberry (born March 12, 1962) is a former baseball player who is well known both for his play on the baseball field and for his controversial behavior off of it. ... George Thomas Seaver (born November 17, 1944 in Fresno, California) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who broke into the major leagues in 1967 and retired in 1986. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1967 throughout the world. ... Jonathan Trumpbour Matlack (born January 19, 1950 in West Chester, Pennsylvania) is a former left-handed Major League Baseball pitcher. ... The following are the events of the year 1972 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ...


In 1985, Gooden pitched one of the most statistically dominating single seasons in baseball history. He not only won his league's pitching Triple Crown, but led the entire major leagues in wins (24, against only four losses), strikeouts (268) and ERA (1.53, the second lowest during the Live Ball Era behind only Bob Gibson's 1.12 ERA in 1968). 21 years would pass before another pitcher, Johan Santana, would duplicate that feat. He led the National League in complete games (16) and innings pitched (276 2/3). He became one of only 12 African-American pitchers to win 20 games and became the youngest-ever recipient of the Cy Young Award. There was even media speculation about Gooden's Hall of Fame prospects. That November, Gooden turned 21. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 7 - Outfielder Lou Brock and knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... The term Triple Crown is used in several distinct contexts. ... The Live Ball Era, also referred to as the Lively Ball Era, is the period in Major League Baseball beginning in 1920. ... Pack Robert Bob Gibson (born November 9, 1935 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a former right-handed baseball pitcher for the St. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1968 throughout the world. ... Johan Alexander Santana Araque (born March 13, 1979) is a Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher who plays for the Minnesota Twins. ... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... In baseball, the Cy Young Award is an honor given annually to the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. ...


However hyperbolic that early Hall of Fame speculation appears 20 years later, it was a natural extension of Gooden's literally larger-than-life presence in New York City. Travellers descending the steps of the side entrance to Manhattan's Pennsylvania Station were greeted by enormous photograph of Gooden in mid-motion that recorded his season's strikeout totals as the year would progress. Likewise, those strolling the street's of Manhattan's west side could gaze up at mural of Gooden that painted on the side of a midtown building, a mural that spanned several stories in height.


While Gooden would be an effective pitcher for several more seasons, he never again approached such heights. 1985 would prove to be the only 20-win season of Gooden's 16-year career. Many reasons have been offered for his decline: early overuse, cocaine addiction, the league catching on to some of his pitches (notably a fastball that rose out of the strike zone, which hitters increasingly avoided), or the influence of Mets pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, who convinced Gooden to change his pitching motion in the hopes of prolonging his career. Former Yankees pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Melvin Leon Stottlemyre, Sr. ...


In 1986, he compiled a 17-6 record. Gooden's 200 strikeouts were fifth in the National League, but more than a hundred behind the league leader, Mike Scott. Gooden was the Mets ace going into the playoffs, and his postseason started promisingly. He lost a 1-0 duel with Scott in the NLCS opener, then got a no-decision in Game Five, pitching 10 innings of 1-run ball. He was substantially worse in the World Series against the Boston Red Sox, not getting past the 5th inning in either of his two starts. Nevertheless, the Mets won four of the five non-Gooden starts and the championship. In an early red flag, Gooden no-showed the team victory parade. The team announced that their star pitcher had overslept, but years later, it was revealed that he was on a cocaine binge. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Willie McCovey is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and becomes the 16th player elected in his first year of eligibility. ... Michael Warren Scott (born April 26, 1955 in Santa Monica, California) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets and - most notably - the Houston Astros. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds...


Early drug problems and injuries

Rumors of substance abuse began to arise, which were confirmed when Gooden tested positive for cocaine during spring training in 1987. He entered a rehabilitation center on April 1, 1987 to avoid being suspended and did not make his first start of the season until June 5. Despite missing a third of the season, Gooden won 15 games for the 1987 Mets. Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... June 5 is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1988, Gooden recorded an 18-9 record as the Mets returned to the postseason. In the first game of the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Gooden was matched against Orel Hershiser, who had just finished the regular season with a 59-inning scoreless streak. Gooden pitched well, allowing just 4 hits and recording 10 strikeouts, but left after seven innings trailing 2-0. In Game Four, Gooden entered the ninth inning with a 4-2 lead and the chance to give his Mets a commanding 3-1 advantage in the series. But he allowed a game-tying home run to Mike Scioscia, and the Dodgers eventually went on to win in 12 innings. Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910), (1913) Brooklyn Grooms... Orël Leonard Hershiser IV (born September 16, 1958) is a former professional right-handed pitcher and is currently an analyst for Baseball Tonight on ESPN. In 1988, he won the Cy Young Award, the NLCS MVP and the World Series MVP with the L.A. Dodgers. ... Michael Lorri Mike Scioscia (born November 27, 1958 in Morton, Pennsylvania) is a former catcher and current Major League Baseball manager. ...


The game remains one of the great disappointments in Met franchise history. The 1980s Mets were considered a dynasty in the making; after they underperformed, some looked to this game as perhaps the key moment of the dynasty that wasn't. On a personal level, Gooden never won a postseason game, going 0-4 in eight series.


Gooden suffered a shoulder injury in 1989, which reduced him to a 9-4 record in 17 starts. He rebounded in 1990, posting a 19-7 season with 223 strikeouts, second only to teammate David Cone's 233. However, after another injury in 1991, Gooden's career declined significantly. Though drug abuse is commonly blamed for Gooden's pitching troubles, some analysts point to his early workload. It has been estimated that Gooden threw over 10,800 pitches from 1983-85, a period in which he was just 18 to 20 years old.[1] Gooden hurled 276 innings in his historic 1985 season; in the 20 years since, only two pitchers have reached that amount (Charlie Hough and Roger Clemens, both in 1987). By the time he reached his 21st birthday, Gooden had already accumulated 928 strikeouts between both the minor and major leagues. 1989 in baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... David Brian Cone (born January 2, 1963 in Kansas City, Missouri) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry and Ferguson Jenkins are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, with Carew becoming the 22nd player to be named in his first year of eligibility. ...


Gooden was accused along with two other teammates with rape in 1991, however, charges were never pressed. 1992 was Gooden's first-ever losing season (10-13); it was also the first time he had lost as many as 10 decisions. 1993 was no improvement, as Gooden finished 12-15 for a desultory Mets team. During the 1993 season, Sports Illustrated ran a cover story on Gooden entitled,"From Phenom to Phantom." This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry and Ferguson Jenkins are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, with Carew becoming the 22nd player to be named in his first year of eligibility. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ...


In 1994 at age 29, Gooden had a 3-4 record with a 6.31 ERA when he tested positive for cocaine use and was suspended for 60 days. He tested positive again while serving the suspension, and was further suspended for the entire 1995 season. The day after receiving the second suspension, Gooden's wife, Monica, found him in his bedroom with a loaded gun to his head. The following are the events of the year 1994 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1995 throughout the world. ...


New York Yankees and three other teams

Gooden signed with the New York Yankees in 1996 as a free agent, reuniting him with former Mets teammate Darryl Strawberry, whose rapid rise followed by drug and legal problems paralleled Gooden's. After pitching poorly in April and nearly getting released, Gooden no-hit the Seattle Mariners on May 14 at Yankee Stadium. He ended the 1996 season at 11-7, his first winning record since 1991, but never regained his early form. It would be the last time he would win more than 9 games in a season. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... The following are the baseball events of the year 1996 throughout the world. ... Darryl Eugene Strawberry (born March 12, 1962) is a former baseball player who is well known both for his play on the baseball field and for his controversial behavior off of it. ... In baseball and softball, a no-hit game (more commonly known as a no-hitter) refers to a contest in which one of the teams has prevented the other from getting an official hit during the entire length of the game, which must be at least 9 innings by the... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Other nicknames The Ms Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) King County Domed Stadium (Kingdome) (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) None... May 14 is the 134th day of the year (135th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is about the stadium the New York Yankees currently play in. ...


Gooden was left off the 1996 postseason roster. The following year, he had one start for the Yankees in the 1997 ALCS against the Cleveland Indians; oddly, he again faced Orel Hershiser. Gooden left Game Four during the sixth inning with a 2-1 lead, but the Yankee bullpen faltered in the 8th and Gooden was left with the no-decision. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, 42, 455 Name Cleveland Indians (1915–present) Cleveland Naps (1905-1914) Cleveland Bronchos (1902-1904) Cleveland Blues (1901) Ballpark Jacobs Field (1994–present) Cleveland Stadium (1932-1993)* a. ...


He pitched for three teams from 1998 to 2000 and was unconditionally released twice before signing a minor-league contract with the Yankees. Returning to the Yankees during the 2000 season, Gooden only made 5 starts. This year in baseball 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 5 - Don Sutton, a 324-game winner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his fifth try. ... This year in baseball: 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 6 - Major League Baseball officials order Atlanta Braves reliever John Rocker is to undergo psychological testing following derogatory remarks he made in an interview with Sports Illustrated magazine. ...


Gooden ended his career as a mop-up reliever for a championship team. He made one relief appearance in each of the first two rounds of the playoffs, both times with the Yankees trailing. Gooden did not pitch in the 2000 World Series against the Mets, an anticlimactic ending for a career that similarly failed to meet its dramatic promise.


In 1999, Gooden released an autobiography titled Heat, in which he discussed his struggles with alcohol and cocaine abuse. See also: 1998 in literature, other events of 1999, 2000 in literature, list of years in literature. ...


Retirement

Gooden retired in 2001 after he was cut by the Yankees in spring training, ending his career with a record of 194-112. More than half of those wins came before age 25. The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ...


He took a job in the Yankees' front office. Gooden's nephew, Gary Sheffield, was signed to play for the Yankees prior to the 2004 season. Dwight acted as the go-between man during the negotiations. For the military historian, see: Gary Sheffield (historian) Gary Antonian Sheffield (born November 18, 1968 in Tampa, Florida) is a Major League Baseball designated hitter and outfielder for the Detroit Tigers. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ...


Legal troubles

Gooden's legal problems did not end with his career. On February 20, 2002, Gooden was arrested in his native Tampa and charged with driving while intoxicated, having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle, and driving with a suspended license. He was arrested again in January 2003 for driving with a suspended license. February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2003: January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December A timeline of events in the news for January, 2003. ...


On March 12, 2005, Gooden was arrested in Tampa, Florida for punching his girlfriend after she threw a telephone at his head. He was released two days later on a misdemeanor battery charge. March 12 is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in Hillsborough County and the state of Florida. ...


Troubles continued to mount for the former star when, on August 23, 2005, he drove away from a traffic stop in Tampa, after being pulled over for driving erratically. He gave the officer his driver's license, twice refused to leave his car, then drove away. The officer remarked in his report that Gooden's eyes were glassy and bloodshot, his speech was slurred, and a "strong" odor of alcohol was present on him. Three days after the traffic stop, Gooden turned himself in to police [1]. is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Gooden was again arrested [2] in March 2006 for violating his probation, after he appeared intoxicated with cocaine at a scheduled meeting with his probation officer, David R. Stec. He chose prison over extended probation, perhaps in the hope that incarceration would separate him from the temptations of his addiction [3]. He entered prison on 17 April 2006. On 31 May, Gooden said in an interview from prison, "I can't come back here. ... I'd rather get shot than come back here. ... If I don't get the message this time, I never will."[4] Gooden was released from prison 9 November 2006, after nearly seven months' incarceration, and was not placed on further probation.[5] is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... May 31 is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


See also

In baseball, the Triple Crown refers to: A batter who (at seasons end) leads the league in three major categories -- home runs, runs batted in, and batting average. ... Major League Baseball recognizes earned run average champions in the American League and National League each season. ... Major League Baseball recognizes strikeout champions in the American League and National League each season. ... Major League Baseball recognizes win champions among pitchers in the American League and National League each season. ... In baseball, a strikeout occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ...

External links


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Dwight Gooden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (897 words)
A native of Tampa, Florida, Gooden was drafted in the first round in 1982 and made his major-league debut on April 7, 1984 with the New York Mets at the age of 19 and quickly developed a reputation with his 97 MPH fastball and sweeping curveball.
Gooden retired in 2001 after he was cut by the Yankees in spring training, ending his career with a record of 194-112.
Gooden was again arrested [2] in 2006 for violating his probation after he admitted to his probation officer that he had used cocaine.
New York Yankees : News : New York Yankees News (704 words)
Gooden had just completed a season of such brilliance and dominance that the bandwagon that was to deliver him to the Hall of Fame five summers after his retirement was already rolling and overcrowded.
Gooden is on the Hall of Fame ballot this year, and for the first time voters will examine his credentials and measure them against their own definitions of what makes a Hall of Famer.
Gooden is second to Seaver in Mets victories -- 198 to 157 -- and Mets strikeouts -- 2,541 to 1,875 -- and third to Seaver (2.57) and Jerry Koosman (3.09) in ERA.
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