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DWIGHT "DOC" GOODEN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL - HFSID 283038

DWIGHT "DOC" GOODEN Rawlings Official Major League baseball, encased in PSA Sports cube with authentication label and an overall grade of 9.5. Baseball signed "Dwight Eugene Gooden" in blue ink. 2½-inch diameter baseball. Rawlings Official Major League baseball, Allan H. Selig Commissioner.

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DWIGHT "DOC" GOODEN
Rawlings Official Major League baseball, encased in PSA Sports cube with authentication label and an overall grade of 9.5.
Baseball signed "Dwight Eugene Gooden" in blue ink. 2½-inch diameter baseball. Rawlings Official Major League baseball, Allan H. Selig Commissioner. With PSA/DNA sticker and certificate of authenticity. Rookie of the Year in 1984, Gooden, born Dwight Eugene Gooden in 1964, led the National League in strikeouts with 276 in only 218 innings. He tied the major league mark for strikeouts in two consecutive games, with 32 in starts on September 12th and 17th, which, combined with his September 7th start, gave him a record 43 in three straight games. Going 17-9 with a 2.60 ERA, he instantly became the Mets' ace and made them overnight contenders. At 19, he was the youngest All-Star ever, and he and Fernando Valenzuela combined to strike out six consecutive batters, between them breaking Carl Hubbell's record. His strikeouts gave him the nickname "Doctor K" and "Dwight" Gooden became "Doc" Gooden. Gooden reached new heights in 1985, winning the Cy Young Award with the "pitcher's Triple Crown," leading the NL in wins (24-4), ERA (1.53), and strikeouts (268). His 16 complete games also led the league. He was 17-6 in 1986, 15-7 in 1987, 18-9 in 1988, 9-4 in 1989 (shoulder injury), 19-7 in 1990 and 13-7 in 1991 before dipping below .500 in 1992 (10-13) and 1993 (12-15). However, Gooden's major battles were with his off-season problems, specifically his abuse of hard drugs and alcohol. In September 1994, Commissioner Bud Selig suspended him for the rest of 1994 and all of 1995. He was given another chance when New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner signed him to join the club in 1996. Gooden made the most of the opportunity, pitching 170 innings and compiling an 11-7 record. On May 14, 1996, the Doctor was back for one fleeting moment, hurling a no-hitter against the mighty Seattle Mariners. He pitched for the Yankees again in 1997, then for the Cleveland Indians in 1998 and 1999 before pitching for the Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Yankees again in 2000. He retired at the age of 35. His bouts with substance abuse ruined what would have been a Cooperstown career. PSA/DNA Overall grade: 9.5. Autograph Grade: 10. Baseball grade: 9. The PSA/DNA seal has been broken to ensure all around visuals of the baseball for the customer.

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