Dwight Gooden’s Unforgettable 1985 Baseball Season
Following up on his amazing rookie season, Gooden was amazingly even better during his second full year in the majors.
Now, at 20-years old, ‘Doc’ was performing like a seasoned veteran. With a repertoire that included one of the best fastballs in the game, Gooden made 35 starts for the Mets while recording 24 wins and just 4 losses. His season ending ERA of 1.53 is one of the lowest from a starting pitcher with 20 or more starts in a season.
Oh, and he struck out 268 batter too.
Gooden made his second All-Star appearance in 1985, and he finished in 4th place for the MVP award too. He won the Cy Young Award unanimously, capturing all 24 first-place votes.