1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #3 – Dwight Gooden

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #3 – Dwight Gooden

Headline – “Teenager Gooden Sets Season Strikeout Record For Rookies’

The Story – Montreal, Quebec, September 30, 1984:  Mets’ right-hander Dwight Gooden has completed his first major league campaign with 276 strikeouts.  The total by Gooden, who’ll be 20 on November 16th, represents a new record for rookies.  The former mark of 245 strikeouts by a rookie was set by Indians’ ace Herb Score in 1955.

My added notes – While too young to understand the impact of this remarkable baseball record as s kid, I absolutely felt the impact as a baseball card collector.  Gooden was a very hot commodity when I began collecting.  Everyone wanted his stuff, and since he was a ‘Florida-Boy’, his following down here was probably second to only New York.

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