- Also Known As:
- Doc, Dr. K
- Date of Birth:
- November 16, 1964
- 6' 3"
Dwight Gooden (born Dwight Eugene Gooden in Tampa, Florida on November 16, 1964) is a retired professional baseball player, who played 16 season in Major League Baseball. In 1984, Dwight, who was also known as Dr. K, made his MLB debut as pitcher for the New York Mets. He quickly rose to stardom as on the league’s most talented pitchers at just the age of 19. In his rookie year, he earned the first of four All-Star selections, won the National League’s Rookie of the Year Award, and led the league in strikeouts. In 1985, he led the Mets to a victory in the 1985-86 World Series. Following the huge achievement, Dr. K continued to put up impressive stats, but his career was ultimately tarnished by drug and alcohol abuse. In 1995, Dwight was suspended after he failed the League’s mandatory drug test. In 1996, Dwight signed to the New York Yankees, where he pitched a no hitter and helped lead the team to the World Series championship. He pitched for four additional teams after that, but was never able to reach the same success as he did during his time with the Mets. In 2001, Dwight officially retired from the game, after he had been cut from the Yankees in spring training. On Aug. 1, 2010, he was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame.
Best Known For:
Dwight Gooden is best known for his record-breaking career pitching for the New York Mets. He led the team to a win in the 1986 World Series.
Dwight Gooden had a lengthy struggle with alcohol and cocaine abuse. He was suspended multiple times for failing drug tests. And he was arrested in 2006, for violating the terms of his probation for another offense. He appeared on the fifth season of the reality show, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2011. In 1984, Dwight married his first wife, Monica Harris. The couple split in 2004. He then married his current wife, Monique Moore in 2009. Dwight has five children.