By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
New York Mets legend Dwight Gooden met hundreds of fans when he made an appearance at the Ridgewood Savings Bank in Sheepshead Bay on Oct. 5. “Doc” Gooden, he was known by fans that watched him pitch for the Mets in the mid-1980s, was the featured guest at the bank’s Community Appreciation Celebration.
Gooden was only 19 years old when he broke into the major leagues. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1984, won the Cy Young Award in 1985 and helped the Mets win a World Series in 1986. A decade later, in 1996, as a member of the New York Yankees, he pitched a no-hitter.
His career was plagued by drug problems and run-ins with the law, however, and in his later years as a player he was never able to regain the heights he had achieved early on. But he always remained a fan favorite.
Gooden, who is also known as “Dr. K,” for the many strikeouts he pitched during games, autographed photos for fans at the bank event on Saturday. Copies of his autographed memoir, “Doc,” were available for purchase. All of the proceeds from the sale of the book at the bank that day will be donated to the Bay Improvement Group, a local civic organization, bank officials said.
In addition to the Gooden appearance, Ridgewood Savings Bank is also hosting “Family Fun Saturdays” throughout October at the Sheepshead Bay branch, located at 2520 East 17th Street.