Jul 12, 2021

Remembering Mets History (1984) Dwight Gooden Strikes Out The Side At the All Star Game

Tuesday July 10th 1984: The 55th MLB All Star Game was held at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. It was the first time since 1961 & the Hey Days of Willie Mays that the Mid Summer Classic was held here. 

The game was broadcast on ABC with Al Michaels, Howard Cosell & Earl Weaver. Former New York Giants Hall of Famer, Carl Hubbell tossed out the ceremonial first pitch in front of 57,756 at "the Stick".

For the Mets Darryl Strawberry sot the start
in right field, hot off his Rookie of the Year season. Straw would go 1-2 in the game, lining a single to right field off the Tigers, Jack Morris. 

Keith Hernandez, also one of New York's newest stars, was an NL reserve. He would come into the game in the 6th inning & go 0-1. On the NL staff was Rookie sensation, Dwight Gooden.

In the 1st inning, The Padres Steve Garvey singled & advanced on a Reggie Jackson error. Dale Murphy of Atlanta singled him home for he first run. The Royals George Brett tied it up with a HR off Charlie Lea. 

The All Star game MVP was Gary Carter, in his final season with the Montreal Expos. Little did we know that the hopes of him catching Dwight Gooden in a Mets uniform next year, would become a reality. 

In the 2nd inning Carter hit a HR off Toronto's Dave Stieb, to give the NL the lead for good. Carter would go 1-2 with a walk, a HR an RBI & a runs scored, while catching behind the plate for six innings, including two classic pitching performances.

In the 3rd inning, Fernando Valenzuela of the Dodgers took the mound with a 2-1 lead. Just three years after "Fernandomania" swept the NL, he was still one of the leagues top pitchers. 

In this outing, he would pitch two innings, in the 3rd he gave up two hits but got out of  the jam with a Rod Carew double play. 

In the 4th he struck out the side, fanning Dave Winfield, Reggie Jackson & George Brett.

But it was in the next inning that America got to see that years baseball phenom- a 19

year old Dwight Gooden from the New York Mets. By the All Star break, Gooden was the most talked about new player in the major leagues. 

He was 14-4 with a 2.84 ERA & already had 133 strike outs with six games where he had reached double figures in K's.

Gooden took the mound on the big stage & did what he did best, throw strikes & blow hitters away. Gooden struck out the side as he blew away Lance Parrish, Chet Lemon & Alvin Davis of the AL. He left to a huge ovation, making Mets fans proud, helping bring respect back to the organization.

The Braves Dale Murphy added a HR in the bottom of the 8th, securing the 3-1 NL victory.

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