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Doc: A Memoir by [Gooden, Dwight, Henican, Ellis]
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Dwight “Doc” Gooden debuted with the New York Mets in 1984 as a 19-year-old. It was breathtaking. That first season he won 17 games, lost just 9, and struck out 276 batters in just 218 innings. In his second year he was 24–4 and won the Cy Young Award as the National League’s best pitcher. In 1986, he led the Mets to a World Series title. But by then, Gooden’s world was busting apart. He was both an alcoholic and a cocaine addict. When the Mets had their parade to celebrate the series win, Gooden was alone in a dingy hotel room trying to straighten up after a bender. He went on to win 194 games but most came before he was 29. The drugs diminished what may have been an all-time great career. In his memoir, Gooden reveals a childhood marked by violence. But there was also love. Gooden learned to play baseball from his dad, who would spend endless hours with his son in Tampa’s parks. But once Gooden discovered cocaine, his life became an endless cycle of rehab, denial, and addiction. Amazingly, the rehab that seems to have succeeded was the reality television show in which second-rate celebrities are the focus. Gooden has been clean for a couple years now and works with others battling substance abuse. A harrowing cautionary tale. --Wes Lukowsky

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"It's outstanding. Let this be said again: Against all precedent, Doc is outstanding; a brutally honest, oft-painful retelling of the life of a onetime pitching phenom whose existence has been largely ruined by nearly three decades of on-again, off-again drug and alcohol abuse."—Newsday

"Why it's hot: Few athletes have known such highs and lows as Gooden, a 19-year-old star with the Mets in 1984 who, in a comeback with the Yankees, threw a no-hitter in 1996." —USA Today

"He is now two years sober, the author of a superb new bio ('Doc: A Memoir') that is excruciating, entertaining, and heartbreaking all at once, and baseball is still his favorite subject." New Jersey Star Ledger

"On the surface, this book is a memoir of a man who abused drugs. It culminates in a sense of peace, fought for and earned by the subject. His breezy writing style takes the reader along the way a fan can enjoy the patient nature of a pitcher going the distance." —Cleveland Plain Dealer

"While Doc is a sobering testament to one athlete’s remarkable fall from grace, it’s also a tale of redemption." —New York Observer

"A page-turning book…a sobering read….Doc is the kind of book aspiring athletes need to read." —Tampa Tribune

"Dwight Gooden pulls no punches—the book jacket calls it a “brutally honest memoir” and that is exactly what it is. It is sad but also inspiring…I can’t recommend this book more highly." —Blogging Mets

"Gooden says he has been sober for over two years: ‘It’s a tough, relentless battle that I’m facing…but I am as well-armed as I can be.’ That directness, rarely seen in athlete-penned memoirs, distinguishes this book." —Publishers Weekly

"Gooden tells his story straightforwardly and seemingly honestly, and he mixes in entertaining stories of his encounters with baseball luminaries." —Kirkus Reviews

"How could you not like Dwight Gooden? There is no way. His disease took so much from him. He lost everything. And in spite of that, he is having this glorious recovery. He understands what’s really important in life–your family, your relationships, getting right with God, doing what you need to. He gets that now. It makes his story that much more tragic –and that much more inspiring." —Dr. Drew Pinsky

"The young Dwight Gooden was as beautiful to watch as any pitcher I have ever seen. The question seemed to be not whether he would make the Hall of fame but where he would rank among the very greatest pitchers who ever lived. In Doc, Gooden honestly confronts how and why the story didn’t quite turn out that way." —Bob Costas

"His stuff was electric. His control was unbelievable. He read hitters like a seasoned pro. He was the perfect citizen, always upbeat, always the first person at the ballpark. What happened next was the biggest shock of my baseball career." —Davey Johnson

"When I was in the batter’s box and Doc was throwing those inside fastballs at me, I wish I’d known what a damn nice guy he was. All I could think was ‘He must really hate me!'" —Pete Rose

"Doc went through so much adversity. To come all the way back and get that no-hitter—that moment taught me never to give up." —Mariano Rivera

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  • File Size: 1126 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing (June 4, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 4, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQMH0EQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,746 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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