Saturday, October 15, 2005

 
October 15th, 1988

A's Play at Dodgers


This is a tough day to decide what to do, as it features two hugely famous playoff games, but having just done a marathon yesterday, I'll do the game which is famous for one moment, rather than for its length. This game of course, is the Kirk Gibson Game, in which Gibson, who had both a left hamstring and right knee injury, was called upon by Dodgers' managed Tommy Lasorda to face Dennis Eckersley. The situation could not have been bigger for a Game One, the Dodgers were down a run in the ninth inning with two outs and facing "The Eck" who had been excellent (2.35, 45 saves) for the A's that year. Gibson however, came up big driving a home run to right field to win the game for the Dodgers as Vin Scully declared that "in a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened!"

Gibson wouldn't appear in the Series again, but his Dodgers triumphed in five games, giving them their last (to this point) World Series victory and one of baseball's all time great moments.




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