Happy Birthday Kirk Gibson!!!

Kirk Gibson turns 52 years old today.

Images of Kirk  Gibson’s fist-pumping, leg-limping jog around the bases during Game 1 of the World Series is undoubtedly the first thing that baseball fans remember when Gibson’s name is mentioned.  That night turned Gibson from a very good everyday player into a baseball legend!!  Very few people remember that this was Gibson’s lone appearance in that ’88 title match-up.  It’s amazing how with 1 swing of the bat, Gibson etched his place in baseball history and created a moment that none of us will soon forget!!!

Few recall that just 4 years prior as a member of the Detroit Tigers Gibson won his first championship.  In that ’84 series, Gibson hit .333 in 6 games while collecting 6 hits, 2 home runs, 7 RBI, and 3 stolen bases.  Some players just have a knack for making their presence felt during the most necessary times, and Gibson is certainly that player.

For his birthday, I would like to give ‘Gibby’ perfect health.  Perfect health for the 4 games of that 1988 World Series.  Heck, if he was able to create one of baseball’s grandest highlights with just 1 at-bat, imagine what he could have done with 16-20 of them…  I only ask for 1 thing in return – keep the limp.  It really adds to the dramatic flare!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Gibson!!!



3 responses to “Happy Birthday Kirk Gibson!!!

  1. I grew up as a fan of the Giants and of whatever team Pete Rose played on. Therefore I was a Dodger-hater. But in 1988 I liked the A’s even less. It was great to see Kirk hit that one off of Eck. It set the tone for the whole series.

  2. I like that Gibson Goudey card. I’m going to have to get a few of those.


  3. Pingback: Happy Birthday Gibby | DodgersVine

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