Dwight “Doc” Gooden, former Yankee and Met, to pitch in local baseball game
Former Yankee Dwight “Doc” Gooden and his son, Dwight Gooden Jr., will play in the Heroes for Heroes Legends Game at Harbor Yard Ballpark in Bridgeport on Thursday, July 9.
The Bridgeport Bluefish are hosting the game, which will feature former players of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.
“Doc” Gooden will be the starting pitcher for the Yankees squad. Gooden spent 11 seasons with the Mets before joining the Yankees in 1996, where he spent two years. He also played with the Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Devil Rays during his Major League Baseball career.
All-Star and Cy Young winner
Gooden is a four-time Major League All-Star as well as a three-time World Series champion.
In 1984, he was named National League Rookie of the Year, and in 1985, he won the National League Cy Young Award as well as the pitching triple crown (led the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts). He pitched a no-hitter on May 14, 1996.
Gooden’s son, Dwight Gooden Jr., is currently active in the sports management industry. He also is a musician and has his own a clothing line.
Jesse Barfield and Bill Lee playing
Other former major leaguers that will participate in the game are:
Yankees: Jesse Barfield, Charlie Hayes, Scott Kamieniecki, Jim Leyritz and Matt Nokes.
Red Sox: Marty Barrett, “Oil Can” Boyd, Ellis Burks, Scott Cooper, Bill “Spaceman” Lee and Mike Timlin.
The names of more players should be announced in the future.
Tickets are $15 and $20
Proceeds from the Heroes for Heroes Legends Game will benefit ABRI/Homes for the Brave, a Bridgeport-based nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of homeless individuals, especially military veterans.
Game time on Thursday, July 9 will be 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the gate on the day of the game. Go to www.bridgeportbluefish.com for information.
The game is being presented by Kia Motors America, Inc. and the Connecticut Kia Dealers.
The Bridgeport Bluefish are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.