(CBS News) "Doctor K" isn't actually a doctor. Instead, he's a former big league pitcher famed for putting many a "K" -- for strikeouts -- onto the scorecard. With Michelle Miller we'll watch him in action on his brand new field:
He was one of the most feared pitchers in all of baseball. Surgical, precise, calm under pressure. They didn't call Dwight Gooden "Doc" for nothing.
In 1984 Doc Gooden made his major league debut with the New York Mets when he was just 19 years old. With his 98-mile-per-hour fastball and formidable curve, he became an immediate success.
"So what was it like to be up on the mound in Shea Stadium in front of tens of thousands of people?" Miller asked.
"It was almost like being at a concert, and I'm the entertainer of the show, the main event of the show," said Gooden. "And I wanted to give the people what they came there for."
He was named National League Rookie of the Year, and won the Cy Young Award -- given to the best pitcher in baseball -- in his second season. He became the youngest starting pitcher ever in the All-Star Game.
Doc Gooden was a star.
But while he was in perfect control on the field, it was a different story off the mound.
"Being so young, so talented, finding fame and fortune and success so quickly, what was the most difficult for you to deal with?" asked Miller.
"I think the success came very fast, and not being able to say no," he replied.
Especially to cocaine.
"The first time I tried the cocaine, unfortunately, it was love at the first sniff," Gooden said. "My problem [has] always been not just when things are bad, I turn to drugs and alcohol, but when things are good, I turn to drugs and alcohol."
Things were very good for Gooden and the Mets when they won the World Series in 1986.
"It was like the ultimate dream for any player," he said. "It should be the happiest day of my life. And it was. But then three hours later, turned to the worst day of my life."
In his new book, "Doc: A Memoir," he writes that he retreated to a Long Island flophouse to celebrate the win with some cocaine. He partied so much that he never even made the victory parade.
"Watching that on TV with a bunch of strangers, you know, you're doin' all the drugs you can possibly do. You can't get high anymore. Now it's just totally, you know, depressed," Gooden said. "You don't know how it got to that point."
While playing baseball was his job, getting high was his vocation.
"Why did you need it?" Miller asked.
"I thought it made me feel like the person that I wanted to be. More vocal. I felt good inside, comfortable in my own skin."
"Comfortable in your own skin? Why were you uncomfortable?"
"I was just a shy kid," said Gooden. "Just loved baseball. All I wanted to do was play baseball. Wasn't aware of everything that goes along with that."