Category Archives: Dwight Gooden Collection

1984 HEADLINE: Dwight Gooden Becomes Youngest ROY In Baseball History

1984 HEADLINE: Dwight Gooden Becomes Youngest ROY In Baseball History

On this day in 1984, Dwight Gooden became the youngest player in major league history to capture the Rookie Of The Year award.

Debuting in ’84 at the young age of 19, Gooden was fierce!

He made 31 starts that season, and compiled a 19-7 record.  He amassed 276 strikeouts during that campaign, and finished the season with a very low and respectable 2.60 ERA.

In addition to an All-Star team selection, Gooden finished in second place for the NL’s Cy Young award.

Happy Anniversary Doc!!!

Dwight Gooden’s Highly Sought After Rookie Card – 1984 Fleer Update

Dwight Gooden’s Highly Sought After Rookie Card – 1984 Fleer Update

Easily the most coveted card for a collector of Dwight Gooden, I remember how hot this card was when released as part of the 1984 Fleer Updated baseball card set.

Since ‘Doc’ did not have a card in any base set issues in 1984, by the time the updated and traded sets came out he had already established a reputation.  And the collectors went nuts for his rookie cards.

So, here it is.  If you have one, you’re lucky.

Gooden 1984 Fleer Update

I got mine roughly 18 months ago and could not be happier about having that piece in my Dwight Gooden collection.  If you collect ‘Doc’ or rookie cards from the 1980’s, this card is a M-U-S-T!!!

Dwight Gooden Offers Up A Fair Looking Autograph…

Dwight Gooden Offers Up A Fair Looking Autograph…

With less flare than what he offered at the beginning of his career, Dwight Gooden offers up a very nice, clean, and concise autograph.

From what I have been seeing lately, he tends to lean more towards signing ‘Doc’ than ‘Dwight’.  I don’t know if this is a new twist for Gooden, but as you can see below, his signature is very legible and it fills up the sweet spot of a baseball nicely!!

Dwight Gooden & His 1986 World Series Championship!!!

Dwight Gooden & His 1986 World Series Championship!!!

Dwight Gooden and the New York Mets are one of the most remembered and talked about World Series championship winning teams of the last 30 years.

Full of talent and personality, this team was very hard not to like.  And the young superstars that built their roster were all integral parts of the Mets bringing home the World Series trophy.

As for Gooden, he did not have that strong of a series against the Red Sox.  Making 2 starts, he threw just 8 innings and recorded losses in both efforts.  In the losses, he collected just 9 strikeouts while allowing 17 hits and 10 runs.

But, the good news(for Gooden) is that the Mets were able to beat the Red Sox in 7 games in 1986.  And Dwight Gooden won a ring in his first and only shot at a World Series title.

Dwight Gooden & His 1996 No-Hitter!!!

Dwight Gooden & His 1996 No-Hitter!!!

As a member of the New York Yankees in 1996, Dwight Gooden threw the eighth no-hitter in the franchise’s history.

On May 14, 1996, ‘Doc’ and his Yankees teammates took on the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium.

And ‘Doc’ dazzled!!  Throwing a complete game, he allowed no hits and gave up six walks while striking out 5.  Gooden was on top of his game from the start – and he  dominated a Mariner’s line-up that included Ken Griffey Jr, Alex Rodriguez, and Edgar Martinez!!

Congratulations Doc!!!

Dwight Gooden’s 1992 Silver Slugger Award

Dwight Gooden’s 1992 Silver Slugger Award

It’s not often that a pitchers gets to strut his stuff at the plate.  And it is even less often that a pitcher gets to brag about how his batting skills match up with the other pitchers in the league.

But in 1992, Gooden was able to do just that as he captured the league’s Silver Slugger award – an award that is given to the best hitter at each defensive position.

In 1992, Gooden hit .264 as he went 19-for-72.  On the year, he collected 3 doubles, a triple, and a home run.  He also scored 8 runs to help his cause at the mound too!!!

Dwight Gooden Is A 4-Time All-Star

Dwight Gooden Is A 4-Time All-Star

As documented on this blog, Dwight Gooden’s career got off to an incredible start.  The first four years of his career were incredible and the sport, the fans, and the baseball public took notice.

For his efforts, Gooden was selected to the All-Star team in the first three of those four seasons and 4 of his first five.