Category Archives: Dwight Gooden Collection

Dwight Gooden’s Unforgettable 1985 Baseball Season

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.

Dwight Gooden & The 1984 Rookie Of The Year Award

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.

Happy Birthday Dwight Gooden!!!

Happy Birthday Dwight Gooden!!!

Dwight Gooden celebrates his 49th birthday today.

And in typical ’30-YOC’ fashion, I will celebrate his birthday while providing a day-long tribute to him.

So stay tuned all day long as I will present the highlights of Dwight Gooden’s fabulous career to you.

Happy Birthday ‘Doc’!!!

1986 HEADLINE: Gooden Sets Record Of 200+ Strikeouts In First Three Seasons Of His Career

1986 HEADLINE:  Gooden Sets Record Of 200+ Strikeouts In First Three Seasons Of His Career

On this day in 1986, Dwight Gooden recorded the 200th strikeout of his 1986 season.  And while there was a lengthy list of pitchers that had accomplished that feat prior to ‘Doc’, he was the first pitcher in major league history to collect more than 200 K’s in his first three big league seasons.

Amazingly, with all of the fireballers before his era, Gooden was the first.  Not Nolan Ryan or Tom Seaver or Bob Gibson or Jim Palmer.

Here is a closer look at those three historic years:

Season K’s
1984 276
1985 268
1985 200

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Dwight Gooden!!!

Dwight Gooden 2013 Topps Archives – 1972 Design

Dwight Gooden 2013 Topps Archives – 1972 Design

I;m not sure what it is about this card, but I am just not a fan…

Sure, I like Dwight Gooden.   I like him a lot.

And I love vintage baseball cards – we all know that…

But there is just something about this one that I don’t find to be appealing…

Here is the card:

ARCHIVES GOODEN

Maybe it is the image selection.  Maybe it is the Red, Orange, and Yellow coloring of the card’s graphics?

I’m not sure, but this one will quickly get filed with my Gooden collection.  No need to keep it out any longer…

Dwight Gooden 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Dwight Gooden 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

I pulled this one from one of the retail blasters that I bought when the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen set debuted.

Of the cards that I scored, this one is easily one of my favorites.  The card features a great picture of a very young Gooden.

My guess is that this portrait of Gooden was based on an image from either the 1984 or 1985 baseball season.

And at that time, there was absolutely no player in the sport as exciting as Dr. K!!!!

VINTAGE GOODEN GQ

Dwight Gooden 2005 Upper Deck Classics – Star Retro Rookies

Dwight Gooden 2005 Upper Deck Classics – Star Retro Rookies

I have always been a very big fan of the 2005 Upper Deck Classics ‘Star Retro Rookies’ set.

The set features fantastic colors, and almost all of the images appear to leap from card with the subtle 3-D effect that Upper Deck employed for the set.

To date, I have yet to find a card from this issue that is not appealing (ok, maybe one – the Jim Palmer card is not that great).  But the Dawson, Murphy, Morgan, and Gwynn cards all look great.

And now, I have another beauty from this set in my collection – the card of Dr. K himself, Dwight Gooden!!

Have a look:

VINATGE GOODEN

Just like the others, the card’s coloring is perfect – bright and bold!!

I wish that they all could be like this.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Dwight Gooden 2002 Donruss Originals – 1984 Design

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Dwight Gooden 2002 Donruss Originals – 1984 Design

I had no intentions of seeking out or bringing home new Dwight Gooden cards for my collection at the show.  But when I saw this beauty, I had to have it!!!

SHOW 6

The card comes from the 2002 Donruss Originals set and it features two very prominent logos that pulled me in: (1) The ’84 Donruss logo (2) Donruss’ famous ‘The Rookies’ logo.

The card’s color is remarkable!  Very strong coloring, and a perfect backdrop that allows for Gooden’s image to appear to be 3-Dimensional!!!

Not bad for fifty cents!!!

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

I don’t own one of these, but I would really like to get one.

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.  If you want one, so do I!!!!