Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Autos From Max Part 1 - Doc Gooden

My good friend, Max, just went to a card show in Chicago and was nice enough to pick up something that I could add to my 1987 set.  I provided the card, and Max got it signed by Dwight Gooden.  I had to choose between Gooden's base card or the All Star card from the set.  I figured I should go ahead and get the base one done, so that was what Max did.

Gooden (b. 1964) played in the majors from 1984 to 1994 and 1996 to 2000 for the Mets, Yankees, Indians, Astros and Devil Rays.  He had a career record of 194-112 with 2,293 strike outs and an ERA of 3.51.

Gooden was the 1984 NL Rookie of the Year and the 1985 NL Cy Young Award winner.  He was a 4-time All Star (1984, 1985, 1986, 1988) and a Silver Slugger Award winner (1992).  He won the World Series with the Mets in 1986.  He was also a member of World Series winning Yankees teams in 1996 and 2000, but did not pitch in those World Series.

Gooden was on track for a sure Hall of Fame career, but drug use derailed his career in his prime.  As a result, he appeared on only one Hall of Fame ballot, 2006, but received only 3.3% of the vote.  He is sure to get some more consideration via the Veterans Committee, but I sincerely doubt he will ever make it into the Hall.

Max also picked up another auto for me at the show that I will discuss in my next post, to stay tuned!

Thank you so much for the pickup, Max!!

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