THE NEW YORK METS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: DARRYL STRAWBERRY, LENNY DYKSTRA, DWIGHT "DOC" GOODEN - HFSID 296001
THE NEW YORK METS: CO-SIGNED BY LENNY DYKSTRA, DARRYL STRAWBERRY and DWIGHT GOODEN The three World Series Champion New York Mets are shown together sitting in the dugout in this 20x16 photograph. Photograph signed: "Lenny Dykstra/NAILS", "Doc Dwight/Gooden" and "Daryl/Strawberry" in blue felt tip, Color 20x16.
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THE NEW YORK METS: CO-SIGNED BY LENNY DYKSTRA, DARRYL STRAWBERRY and DWIGHT GOODEN
The three World Series Champion New York Mets are shown together sitting in the dugout in this 20x16 photograph.
Photograph signed: "Lenny Dykstra/NAILS", "Doc Dwight/Gooden" and "Daryl/Strawberry" in blue felt tip, Color 20x16. The 1983 Rookie of the Year, New York Mets right fielder DARRYL STRAWBERRY was the first NL player to be voted All-Star Game starter in each of his first five full seasons (1984-1988). He was also, of course, a member of the 1986 World Series-winning Mets. Strawberry was the top vote getter in the 1986 All-Star Game and was second in NL MVP voting in 1988. He was voted All-Star eight seasons (1984-1991), was named Rookie of the Year (1983) and won the Silver Slugger twice (1988, 1990). Problems with drug dependency greatly affected his career, ultimately ending it. Strawberry had 280 home runs after his first nine seasons. In the next eight seasons, he hit a total of 55 home runs, retiring after the 1999 season with 335 home runs. LENNY "NAILS" DYKSTRA played outfield for the New York Mets from 1985 to 1989, participating in the World Championship. With the Philadelphia Phillies (1989-1996) he reached the World Series again, this time in a losing effort against the Toronto Blue Jays. An All-Star in 1990, 1994 and 1995, Dykstra led the league in hits in 1990 (192) and 1993 (194) and runs in 1993 (143). Rookie of the Year in 1984, DWIGHT GOODEN 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 could have been a Cooperstown career. Fine condition.
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