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.