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Happy birthday, ‘Doc’ Gooden

gooden postcardHappy 51st birthday to Dwight “Doc” Gooden, who won his first World Series with the New York Mets but threw his only career no-hitter for the crosstown Yankees.

At Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, May 14, 1996, Gooden no-hit the Seattle Mariners for a 2-0 win, striking out five while walking six. It was his first year back in baseball after sitting out the 1995 season.

Gooden twice reached the eighth inning with no-hitters intact during his 11 seasons with the Mets:

  • On June 6, 1984, Gooden had a no-no going but yielded a lead-off single to the Pirates’ Doug Frobel. The Mets won 2-1 in 13 innings, with Tom Gorman getting the “W.”
  • Four years later, on June 5, 1988, Gooden again reached the eighth inning and again lost it on the lead-off hitter. This time it was the Cubs’ Damon Berryhill, who singled. Gooden held on for an 11-3 complete-game victory.
  • Wednesdsay marks the 31st anniversary of Gooden winning the National League Rookie of the Year award.