SABR Bio Project
Born: Nov 16, 1964
At the start of the 1984 season, few people had heard of Dwight Gooden; less than two years later he was considered the best pitcher in baseball. His blazing fastball and devastating curve made the young Mets righthandher a household name. In 1985 he became the youngest Cy Young Award winner at age 20. "Doc" was just the ninth player ever to capture the Cy Young unanimously.
In 1987, Gooden admitted to a drug problem, and in the 1990s bounced from the Mets to the Yankees to the Indians.
The Astros signed Gooden to a minor league contract early in 2000, and he started for Houston in Enron Field's inaugural game in an exhibition on March 30, 2000 against the New York Yankees. Soon afterward, however, the Astros dealt him to his hometown Tampa Bay Devil Rays and his big league career ended later that year after a brief time back with the Yankees.