As we plod along towards the postseason, I wanted to give you guys something a little different today. It was almost 35 years ago that Kirk Gibson hit that epic walk-off home run in game 1 of the 1988 World Series for the Dodgers. The boys in blue would go onto defeat the Oakland A’s in five games, but some say the series was over after Gibson’s blast in the opener. We’ve heard it all before haven’t we? almost every little detail is ingrained into our vernacular. The roar of the crowd when Gibson appeared out of the dugout and walked to the plate. Vin Scully’s iconic calls…”Look who’s coming up”…”All year long they looked to him to light the fire”…..High fly ball into deep right field….and she is gone!”….”In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened”. The Dave Anderson decoy, the fist pumps as he rounded the bases, the brake lights from the lone car in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, who thought the game was over and left early. All of it is the stuff of legends. But John Bawden, known as the Baseball Professor takes an inside look at the Kirk Gibson home run.
Bawden not only breaks down the home run, but the events that led up to it. Some of it you may be familiar with, but some of the details you may not be. The Baseball Professor also takes a look at some of the other players that contributed to the Dodgers success that magical season. You could say that all of the events led up to Gibson’s history defining moment. It’s the greatest moment in Los Angeles sports history, and the Baseball Professor walks us through it. Don’t foreget to subscribe to his channel when you’re done watching the video.