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Heat : my life on and off the diamond
Gooden, Dwight.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : W. Morrow, [1999]

Physical Description:
xii, 242 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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GV865.G62 A34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GV865.G62 A34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
GV865.G62 A34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ

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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.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Dwight Gooden was the youngest pitcher ever to win the Cy Young Award. After he led the New York Mets to a dramatic World Series win in 1986, he was the toast of the Big Apple. But the limelight, coupled with immaturity and cocaine, nearly destroyed Gooden. After being suspended from baseball twice for drug use, he made it back to the major leagues in time to win a World Series ring with the 1996 Yankees. Certainly all reasonable readers will root for Gooden's continued sobriety, but the man who emerges in these pages is very hard to like. Whether he's complaining about harassment from the cops in his hometown of Tampa or trying to explain his role in the hazing of a Mets rookie, Gooden's self-justifying tone is off-putting. There's enough inside dope here--no pun intended--to interest baseball fans, but in the end, the book offers yet another cautionary reminder that talent, immaturity, unchecked ego, and cocaine don't mix. Didn't we already know that? (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0688163394Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

As fans of the 1986 New York Mets slept happily on the night after the team's dramatic 16-inning pennant-clinching victory over the Houston Astros, members of the team were 30,000 feet in the air downing booze, snorting drugs and eventually trashing the plane taking them back to the city that loved them. It is this juxtaposition of greatness and depravity that Gooden, with Klapisch (The Worst Team Money Could Buy), recounts so potently in a forthright sketch of his journey from public adoration to disgrace and back to triumph. The book explains the process by which this gifted pitcherÄwho won the 1984 Rookie of the Year Award, the 1985 Cy Young Award and a 1996 World Series ringÄfound himself, in 1994, sitting on the edge of his bed with a nine-millimeter handgun pressed to his temple. The story is ultimately one of redemption, but Gooden is quite candid about his painfully senseless relapses and their ramifications for those around him. Beyond the tale of Gooden's addiction, there's plenty of standard sports autobiography fare, including articulate descriptions of how the game is played and frank portrayals of other players. 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. With an absorbing, straightforward story and Klapisch's hand to polish it, Gooden delivers without trying to put one past readers. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

From the Cy Young Award to drug abuse and back with baseball great Gooden. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.