October 12, 1988 |
He looks as if he has just been hit high, low and in the middle by Reggie White, Andre Waters and Wes Hopkins. He walks with a limp and runs with a hobble. He can't swing hard enough to hit the ball out of the park. Nor can he run, steal bases or play his leftfield position - one he never played well to begin with - at a major league level. He proved in a horrendous first inning last night that he can't bunt, either. Kirk Gibson is hurt. An ague hath his left hamstring.
June 11, 2013
A review Sunday of the book Baseball as a Road to God incorrectly referred to a famous 1988 World Series home run hit by Kirk Gibson of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357) at The Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia 19101, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
October 17, 1988 |
The ball went sailing directly over his head, into the night, into the seats, and Jose Canseco barely moved. There was no reason to move. There was no reason to watch. There was no reason to do anything but walk off the field and wait for another day. "He hit it - boom - I knew it was out," said Jose Canseco. "I took one step. I said, 'That's it.' " It was Saturday night in Dodger Stadium. Kirk Gibson - hobbling, staggering, struggling merely to swing the bat - had just taken Game 1 of the 1988 World Series and made it his game.
October 16, 1988 |
As he watched from the bullpen in the fifth inning, in the sixth inning, in the seventh inning, he knew Kirk Gibson was waiting for him. As he warmed up in the eighth inning, he knew. Even when he got those first two outs in the ninth - when Mike Davis was at the plate, when Dave Anderson stood in the on-deck circle - Dennis Eckersley knew. "Before I ever went out there, earlier in the game, I figured he'd be coming up," said Eckersley, trying hard to find the words to describe the dagger Kirk Gibson pounded through his heart last night.
October 11, 1988 |
It remains to be announced whether Dodgers leftfielder Kirk Gibson will be named the National League's Most Valuable Player this season. But it is beyond dispute that he was the driving force behind the underdog Dodgers' climb to the top of the NL West this year, that he single-handedly won Game 4 with a homer in the 12th inning early Monday morning, that his three-run homer was crucial in a 7-4 victory yesterday in Game 5. Which is why...
October 4, 1988 |
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda has set strict guidelines under which he'll use leftfielder Kirk Gibson in the National League Championship Series against the New York Mets. "He'll be in the lineup if he's alive," Lasorda said yesterday. "If he's breathing, he's in there. " Gibson has been hobbled for the last two weeks with a pulled hamstring and a sore knee. Even though he'll be playing, he won't be 100 percent. And that wasn't the end of the bad medical news for the Dodgers yesterday.
October 7, 1988 |
The National League playoffs, which were supposed to showcase the swift execution of the overmatched Los Angeles Dodgers, move to the mean streets of Queens tonight tied at one game apiece. With any kind of luck, Los Angeles could easily be leading the series 2-0. The Dodgers also would seem to have a solid chance to take this series back to Los Angeles after three games in New York. A well-rested John Tudor, apparently fully recovered from his hip injury, will pitch tonight against Ron Darling (Channel 6, 8:22)
October 14, 1989 |
When they replay the ghosts of World Series past down through the ages and beyond, it will always be included. Kirk Gibson, hobbling to the plate, dragging a bad leg behind him. Dodgers down by a run, one on. Two outs, bottom of the ninth. Gibson launching a home run into the rightfield pavilion at Dodger Stadium and circling the bases at full crawl as the place went nuts. Game 1. One year ago. Well, they're going to play another World Series opener tonight at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Channel 6, 8:35)
October 16, 2002 |
Kirk Gibson returned to the Detroit Tigers yesterday, joining manager Alan Trammell's staff as a bench coach on the team he led to a World Series title. Gibson, who also helped the Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series in 1988, signed a 3-year deal with the team. "I think by bringing Gibby aboard shows we mean business and that we're serious about turning this around," Trammell said yesterday. The Tigers also hired former Detroit catcher Lance Parrish as bullpen coach and retained Juan Samuel as third-base coach.
August 12, 1995 |
Two veterans decided they couldn't wait for this baseball season to end before ending their careers. Pitcher Steve Bedrosian, the National League Cy Young Award winner with the Phillies in 1987, and outfielder Kirk Gibson, the MVP of the 1984 American League playoffs, retired yesterday. Bedrosian, 37, recorded 184 saves in his 13-year major league career. Several of his teammates on the Atlanta Braves, including Chipper Jones, Mark Lemke, Charlie O'Brien and Ryan Klesko, wore their uniform pants higher than normal during last night's game against the Colorado Rockies in tribute to Bedrosian.