On this date in 1988, the Dodgers were welcomed home by the city of Los Angeles in celebration of the team’s World Series victory a few days prior against the Oakland Athletics.
The Dodgers defeated the New York Mets in the NLCS before moving on to the World Series to face the A’s. Although the Athletics were highly favored, the Dodgers used some heroics to stun their opponent and take the series in five games.
In Game 1, the Dodgers went into the bottom of the ninth inning down by one and down to their last strike before injured slugger Kirk Gibson hit a miraculous two-run home run off closer Dennis Eckersley to give the Dodgers an incredible victory.
The Dodgers would ride the momentum to a series victory, dropping Game 3 by a score of 2-1 before finishing off the job in Oakland.
In what would be the final game of the series, Dodger starter Orel Hershiser threw a complete game to give the Dodgers their first World Series since the 1981 season.
The series ended on a Thursday and the Dodgers held off on having their parade until the following Monday in Los Angeles. The crowd would flood the streets of Los Angeles before settling on the south lawn of City Hall, the same spot where fans had celebrated just four months earlier for the Lakers championship.
The thousands of fans were treated to words from players Mickey Hatcher, Alfredo Griffin and Hershiser, as well as manager Tommy Lasorda. Here are pictures from the Dodgers 1988 World Series celebration:
In case you missed it, here’s the Dodgers pool celebration, PLUS Yasiel Puig’s celebration dance off!