Heat by Dwight Gooden
My Life on and Off the Diamond

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Dwight Gooden's early years with the New York Mets were golden ( he was the youngest winner of the Cy Young Award in baseball history and led the New York Mets to one of the most dramatic World Series victories in 1986. Dwight Gooden ( a.k.a. Doc or simply Dr. K ( had a fastball that hitters just could not beat. But Gooden's fall was as quick and dramatic as his rise. By 1994 he had twice been suspended from the league for drug abuse, plunging him into a vicious cycle that threatened his career and, ultimately, his life.

Today, Dwight Gooden is back in the big leagues. Heat captures Gooden's poignant road to recovery, and how it culminated in his second World Series ring with the New York Yankees in 1996, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Yankees club. During his fourteen years in the big leagues, Dwight Gooden has seen plenty. Heat brings to life the glorious world championship baseball through the eyes of one of its most popular and talented stars.


About Dwight Gooden

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Gooden is a former Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Award winner. He currently pitches for the Cleveland Indians. Bob Klapisch is a sports columnist covering major-league baseball for "The Record," Klapisch has worked at the "New York Post" and the "New York Daily News" and is a regular contributor to ESPN.com. He is the author of five baseball books, including "High and Tight: The Rise and Fall of Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry," John Harper covered the Mets for the "New York Post" from 1988 to 1992 before joining the "Daily News," where he is a sports columnist.
Published February 17, 1999 by William Morrow. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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As a young fireballer for the New York Mets in the mid-1980s, Dwight “Doc” Gooden was on top of the baseball world.

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Also, spliced throughout the book's nine chapters, is a running account of May 14, 1996, the day Gooden's father lay in a Tampa hospital awaiting open-heart surgery while his recovering son affirmed his new life by pitching a no-hitter for the New York Yankees.

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