Three Tortured Souls

In the mid-eighties Dwight Gooden, Mike Tyson and Darryl Strawberry were three of the biggest stars in New York. Flying high and on top of the world. Perhaps drugs and alcohol were the only things that could get them higher.

This photo saddens me. So young. So much promise. What’s shocking is that Tyson might now be the most grounded of the three.

Mets Hall of Fame Alumni Spotlight: Doc Gooden

PITCHER 1984-1994

Inducted 2010

A four-time All-Star, His blazing fastball and double-figure strikeouts games electrified the crowds at Shea Stadium for 11 years..Won 1984 National League Rookie of the Year while setting the rookie record for strikeouts (276)…In 1985, Doc became the youngest pitcher ever to win Cy Young honors at age 20 when he captured the “Triple Crown” of pitching: wins (24), strikeouts (268) and ERA (1.53).