RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Dwight “Doc” Gooden is coming to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, April 10.
Gooden, the former New York Mets and New York Yankees pitcher, will speak about his successes and challenges as part of the "Get Real" Series.
The event, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is underwritten by Ridgefield Prevention Council -- Family University and Rudy & Sally Ruggles with partial underwriting by Midwestern Connecticut Council on Alcoholism (MCCA), Reliance Merchant Services and The Tutoring Club.
"With fresh and sober eyes, Dwight 'Doc' Gooden will share the most intimate moments of the highs and lows of his life -- from three World Series rings to endless self-destructive drug binges," playhouse representatives said in a release.
"Known for his triumphs on the baseball field and his excesses off it, Gooden was a soft-spoken, dominating wünderkind who tallied a mountain of strikeouts while leading the 1986 bad-boy New York Mets to a World Series win. Even at that pinnacle, Gooden had already succumbed to addiction that would short-circuit his career and personal life."
Gooden won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1984, as he led the league in strikeouts. He went on to win the NL Cy Young Award and a Triple Crown in 1985. While a member of the Yankees, Gooden pitched a no-hitter in 1996.
Tickets are $10 and are available at the box office at playhouse at 203-438-5795 or at its website.