When Dwight Gooden burst onto the scene in 1984, he rocked Shea Stadium like no other player in Mets history — and that included Tom Seaver. From his very first game, we all knew we were watching someone special. The story did not exactly play out the way it was supposed to, but Gooden left Mets fans with plenty of memories.
Here is the very first memory — his first strikeout.
And here is video of Dwight Gooden breaking the rookie strikeout record of 245. He went onto whiff 276 batters that season — a record that still stands: