Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden spoke at the Fairfield Rotary Club Celebrity Luncheon today in front of a crowd of over several hundred people. It was an open engagaing Q&A talk with no punches held where ‘Doc’ discussed his baseball career and his battles with rehab.
Gooden is a four-time MLB All-Star, and three-time World Series champion. He won the National League (NL) Rookie of the Year Award in 1984, as he led the league in strikeouts, and won then the NL Cy Young Award and a Triple Crown in 1985. While a member of the Yankees, Gooden threw a no-hitter in 1996 the day before his father passed away.
Gooden retired in 2001 after he was cut by the Yankees in spring training, ending his career with a record of 194–112. After retiring, Gooden was repeatedly arrested for drug and alcohol-related offenses. He served seven months in prison in 2006 for violating his probation by using cocaine.
On August 1, 2010, ‘Doc’ was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame along with Darryl Strawberry, Frank Cashen, and Davey Johnson. In 2011 he was part of the of the reality show, Celebrity Rehab. with Dr. Drew. Gooden told the crowd that he has been clean and sober since 2011.