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.