The 1988 World Series featured the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the Oakland A’s. The Oakland A’s were heavily favored over the Dodgers, but the Dodgers upset the A’s and won the best-of-seven series in five games. The MVP of the series was Dodgers Cy Young winner, Orel Hershiser, who shut out the A’s in Game two of the series, and pitched a two-run, complete game in the Game five victory.
However, the most remembered moment from this series (as well as any in history) was when Kirk Gibson came in to pinch-hit in the bottom of the 9th inning with the Dodgers down 4-3 and with two outs in the inning. It was a brave move by Dodger skipper Tommy Lasorda as Gibson had a bad left hamstring, and a swollen right knee and wouldn’t play in another game in the series. Gibson was at the plate for six full minutes, and with a full count, he miraculously launched a walk-off home run into the left field bleachers to secure the game one win for the Dodgers. This is one of those moments that every baseball fan will always remember.
Enjoy this look back at Kirk Gibson’s historic walk-off home run to win game one of the 1988 World Series!