Results tagged ‘ Kirk Gibson ’

#VinTop20: No. 1, ‘She is … gone!’


In the Vin Scully Appreciation Day pregame ceremony this evening, the Dodgers finished revealing the results of the fan vote ranking Scully’s top 20 Dodger calls of all time. And here it is, No. 1: Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series home run.

— Jon Weisman

No. 2, Koufax’s perfect game
No. 3, Henry Aaron’s 715th
No. 4, Returning after 9/11
No. 5, ‘If you have a sombrero …’
No. 6, Roy Campanella tribute
No. 7, Don Larsen’s perfect game
No. 8, Monday captures the flag
No. 9, ‘We go to Chicago!’
No. 10, Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter
No. 11, Joe Ferguson’s throw
No. 12, Fernandomania begins
No. 13, ‘The Squeeze!’
No. 14, Nomo’s No-No
No. 15, the 4+1 Game
No. 16, Don Drysdale’s streak stays alive
No. 17, Mike Piazza, Giant-slayer
No. 18, Yasiel Puig’s first slam
No. 19, Manny’s Bobbleslam
No. 20, Mark McGwire hits it way, way out

Ultimate presents: Most valuable Dodger memorabilia

Kirk Gibson's 1988 World Series jersey. Photo: SCP Auctions

Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series jersey. Photo: SCP Auctions

By Cary Osborne

What is the most valuable piece of Dodger memorabilia?


World Series Game 1 had something for everyone — even Dodger fans

By Jon Weisman

“I just hope for a memorable World Series, something we’ll remember for generations,” Mark Langill wrote Tuesday. Then that night, Game 1 between the Mets and the Royals delivered, offering so much that even Dodger fans still nursing their playoff wounds had to marvel.

Moreover, it wasn’t hard to find several Dodger connections to Kansas City’s marathon 14-inning, 5-4 victory over New York.


On 27th anniversary of 1988 homer, Kirk Gibson continues fight against Parkinson’s disease

On the 27th anniversary of his unparalleled 1988 World Series Game 1 home run, Kirk Gibson is the subject of an in-depth feature by Scott Miller of Bleacher Report, detailing the Dodger hero’s battle with Parkinson’s disease.

— Jon Weisman

Kirk Gibson stricken with Parkinson’s disease

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A tough revelation this morning. Kirk Gibson, 1988 National League MVP and World Series Game 1 hero, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Jason Beck has more at

— Jon Weisman

This day in 1988: Second chance at Kirk Gibson

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By Mark Langill

On this date in 1988, the Dodgers signed free-agent outfielder Kirk Gibson to a three-year contract. The Dodgers wanted to trade third baseman Pedro Guerrero to the Tigers in exchange for Gibson during the 1987 winter meetings, but backed out of the deal when it became apparent Gibson might become part of a “new look” free agent class, which originated from a 1985 grievance by the Players Association that asserted several free agents had their market values affected by collusion on the part of the baseball owners.


The scouting report on Kershaw, Koufax and Clemente

Sandy Koufax's scout report card from (circa 1954) courtesy of

Sandy Koufax’s scout report card (circa 1954) courtesy of

By Cary Osborne

The report on Clayton Kershaw was that his fastball was his strength and his breaking stuff should be above average down the line. Matt Kemp still had room to grow, but his bat would dictate everything for him. Mike Piazza had a long way to come. And at 18 years old, Sandy Koufax was a very good prospect — and a very good hitter.

Through the National Baseball Hall of Fame and its website honoring the work of baseball scouts — — one can find scouting reports of all types, including some of the first reports on current Dodgers Kemp and Kershaw and Dodgers of the past, such as Koufax, Don Drysdale, Piazza and more.


Time’s up: 10 reasons the 1988 Dodgers won’t make it to the World Series


Team of destiny, or team of doom?

By Jon Weisman

Well, here we are at the end of the 1988 regular season, and pennant fever is high in Los Angeles. And why not?

It’s been seven long years since the Dodgers went to and won the 1981 World Series. In the 26 years since Dodger Stadium opened, the Dodgers remain stuck on seven trips to the Fall Classic — barely one every four years — and a mere three World Series titles. That kind of drought just isn’t the Dodgers’ style.

Now, led by shutout streaker Orel Hershiser and the gritty but productive Kirk Gibson, the Dodgers are back in baseball’s Final Four, four games away from a National League pennant and eight games away from a parade. There’s no limit to what the Dodgers can do in the coming postseason.

But just as a reality check, here are 10 reasons that the Dodgers will have to wait another year to hang any banners. Take a deep breath and read on …


Mattingly, Sandberg, Gibson: A rare run on MVP managers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Mark Langill

Today, the Dodgers and 1985 American League Most Valuable Player Don Mattingly meet Philadelphia and first-year Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, the 1984 National League MVP with the Chicago Cubs.

Mattingly began the current road trip in Arizona facing manager Kirk Gibson, the 1988 NL MVP with the Dodgers. This is the first time since 1981 MLB opened its season with three former league MVPs as managers, when the Majors had Torre (Mets), Frank Robinson (Giants) and Maury Wills (Mariners).

When Dodger general manager Ned Colletti named Mattingly to replace the retiring Joe Torre after the 2010 season, it marked only the third time in NL history a team had consecutive managers with a league MVP award on their resumes. Mattingly won his award with the New York Yankees; Torre the NL MVP with the 1971 St. Louis Cardinals. (more…)

In case you missed it: Scott Elbert coming back from appendectomy

By Jon Weisman

Excuse Scott Elbert if he thinks the knives are out for him …

  • Elbert had an appendectomy January 28, putting a pause in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but he is expected to resume throwing this week, according to Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. Ken Gurnick of has more. Elbert was placed on the 60-day disabled list Saturday after Paul Maholm was signed but still hopes for a midseason return.
  • The Dodgers got “great value” in Maholm, compared with other recent free-agent signings, writes Justin Millar of MLB Daily Dish.
  • Sons of Steve Garvey passes along screen captures of Vin Scully and Jerry Doggett from the 1961 movie “Bachelor in Paradise.” A year ago, Emma Amaya of Crazy Blue World catalogued several Scully film appearances.
  • World Series hero Kirk Gibson thought he was destined for the NFL while he was at Michigan State, writes Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic  (via Baseball Think Factory).

    “I would’ve been a top-five pick,” said Gibson, an All-American wide receiver at Michigan State. “I was big, fast and I caught everything.”