Special reached a milestone on this date in 1985 when Dwight Gooden became the youngest pitcher in major league history to win 20 games in a season.
At 20 years, nine months and nine days, he was a month younger than Bob Feller when he won his 20th game in 1939.
Gooden won 17 games in 1984, then had his best season in 1985 when he went 24-4 with a 1.53 ERA and 268 strikeouts.
It was a wet, dreary day that Sunday afternoon at Shea against San Diego, but backed by Darryl Strawberry’s homer and four RBI and three hits from Gary Carter, as the Mets prevailed, 9-3, to give Gooden his 14th straight victory and improve his record to 20-3.
Roger McDowell worked three innings for the save.
Gooden helped pitch the Mets to the World Series the following season, but his career derailed because of substance abuse.