The Los Angeles Dodgers had just defeated the New York Mets in seven games to win the 1988 NLCS and advanced to the World Series against the Oakland Athletics. The Dodgers were down 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth, and outfielder Kirk Gibson was watching most of the game from the clubhouse television with ice glued to his injured knee and hamstring.
With two outs and Mike Davis on first base, the injured Gibson dramatically came on to pinch hit. The National League’s Most Valuable Player limped his way to the plate and gave famed A’s closer Dennis Eckersley a run for his money. With the count full, Gibson hit a towering home run into the right field pavilion, sending the crowd into a frenzy and leading to one of Vin Scully’s more recognizable call:
In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened!
As Gibson rounded the bases, the was roaring and he went into what has arguably become the most famous fist pumps in sports history. The Dodgers went on to win the 1988 World Series in five games, and Gibson’s home run remains one of the more memorable images in baseball history. Friday night, the former Dodger hero faces his old team as the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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