1988 HEADLINE: Kirk Gibson’s Blast Gives The Dodgers A 1-0 Lead In World Series
On this day in 1988, Kirk Gibson made baseball history with a walk-off home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
In an improbable fashion, Gibson limped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning to face off against the greatest closer in the game, Dennis Eckersley. Hobbled by injury, Gibson was barely able to move his hips, but he did get wood on the ball. And it sailed over the fence for a game-ending, legend-making home run.
Gibson’s blast is one of many World Series highlights that gets attention as the World Series begins. It is one of the greatest moments in baseball history, and some of the men on the field that day have been considered the best of their era.
Amazingly, that would be Gibson’s lone at-bat in the 1988 World Series.
He sure did make the best of that one shot, huh?
Happy Anniversary Mr. Gibson!!!