Doc Gooden Relates Cocaine Addiction

By William Georgiades 05/10/13

The all-star pitcher recalls getting "blitzed" after the Mets' historic 1986 World Series win.

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Dwight "Doc" Gooden was in the grip of his addictions when he historically helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series against the Red Sox, he reveals in a new memoir out June 4th. "I got too much, too fast, too young," writes the all star pitcher, who first entered rehab in 1987 after testing positive for cocaine. In the memoir, he recalls celebrating that historic win by doing coke with strangers at a "sketchy" housing project. "[The next morning] I was nursing a head-splitting coke-and-booze hangover, too spent, too paranoid, and too mad at myself to drag my sorry butt to my own victory parade," Gooden writes, "I missed what should have been the greatest moment of my life." He was 21 at the time, and it would be another 25 years—through three broken marriages (and seven kids), arrests, and even a stint on Dr. Drew's Celebrity Rehab—before he got clean and sober. The memoir details his sharp fall from grace, from growing up in Tampa, to joining the Mets in 1984. In his first two years, he won the Rookie of the Year Award and the Cy Young Award, but he was suspended from the 1995 season due to his cocaine use. After getting a second chance in 1996 with a one year contract with the Yankees, he pitched a no-hitter that proved to be his final highlight. He relapsed steadily, trading on his former stardom playing for Cleveland, Houston and Tampa Bay, and spent a year in prison for cocaine possession after being released from the Yankees in 2001. Today, at 48, Gooden is two years sober. "It’s a tough, relentless battle that I’m facing," he writes, "but I am as well-armed as I can be."

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William Georgiades is a former editor at EsquireBlack Book, the New York Post and the Grapevine and has written for several publications including New York MagazineVanity Fair, the London Times and GQ. He has been the features editor at The Fix since 2013. You can find him on Linkedin.