June 03, 1985 12:00 PM

by Dwight Gooden with Richard Woodley

The notion of a 20-year-old writing an autobiography is off-putting. But Gooden’s 1984 rookie season was the stuff of fantasy: a 17-9 win-loss record, National League Rookie of the Year award, strikeout record, an appearance as the youngest player ever in an All-Star Game. The book relives that dream—almost pitch by pitch. Gooden also reflects on his career a little too dispassionately. Chilly efficiency is fine on the mound, not at the typewriter. (Doubleday, $13.95)

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