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Kirk Gibson Hits His Historic Home Run .Oct 15 - This Day In Baseball

Kirk Gibson Hits His Historic Home Run .Oct 15 - This Day In Baseball

Kirk Gibson Hits His Historic Home Run .Oct 15 - This Day In Baseball

October 15, 1988 - With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Kirk Gibson hits a pinch-hit home run off Dennis Eckersley to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5 - 4 victory over the Oakland Athletics in Game One of the World Series.

Gibson, who injured himself making a game saving catch in the National League Championship Series, never came out for game one introductions and never took batting practice spending the entire game on the trainer's table receiving treatment with Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda checking on him between innings. Inning after inning, Lasorda checked and was given the thumbs down each time until the bottom of the ninth with the A's leading 4-3 when the clubhouse boy told Lasorda that Gibson wanted to speak to him. "I think I can hit for you, Skipper" was the message Lasorda heard when he arrived in the trainer's room.

Eckersley got the first 2 batters out. Alfredo Griffin was next up when Lasorda sent Mike Davis to the plate instead, with Gibson warming up unbeknownst to anyone. As Eck settled in to pitch, Lasorda sent Dave Anderson to the on deck circle. Eckersley took notice and decided he wasn't going to let Davis hit it out of the ballpark. He worked the count to 3-2 and walked Davis. "Now get out there Big Boy" Lasorda ordered Gibson, whose appearance sent the crowd into a frenzy. Lasorda decided Gibson had two swings to try and hit it out of the park and then he gave Davis the green light to steal 2nd.

With 1st base open, the A's chose not to walk Gibson who worked the count to 3-2 and Gibson launched the next pitch out of the park. Vin Scully's call of the play say's it all ""In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened!"

 

By This Day in Baseball
Saturday, 15 Oct 2011

 

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