Dwight Gooden & The 1984 Rookie Of The Year Award
In my lifetime few rookies, especially pitchers, came on to the big league scene with the kind of impact that Dwight Gooden did.
At just 19 years of age, Gooden captivated the sport, and he did it in front of the crazed New York media.
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. He did, however, capture the league’s Rookie of the Year award as he collected 23 of 24 first place votes.