On This Date In History: 20/20

On August 25, 1985 Dwight Gooden became the youngest pitcher to get 20 wins in one season. Gooden was born on November 16, 1964 making him only 20 years old when he reached this pitching milestone. 

The game was played at Shea Stadium against the San Diego Padres.  Gooden was on the mound for six innings giving up 5 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk and striking out 4.  Relief pitcher Roger McDowell replaced Gooden in the seventh and pitched the final three innings. 

On the offensive side, 8/25 was a great day for another Mets superstar, Darryl Strawberry.  At the plate Strawberry went 3 for 3 with 3 runs, 3 hits, 4 RBI's and one HR.  The final score was 9 - 3.

The Mets finshed second in 1985 with a record of 98 - 64.  The young pitching phenom finished the season with a record of 24 - 4 and won the Cy Young Award.  He also won the pitching Triple Crown with 24 wins, an ERA of 1.53 and 268 strike outs.

Not bad for a twenty year old.

 

 

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