1988 World Series Game 1 “She I-I-I-I-IS Gone”

gibsonIn a all California matchup in the 1988 World Series between the LA Dodgers and the Oakland A’s the stakes couldn’t be higher. The heavily favored Oakland A’s who were 104-58 and just swept the Red Sox 4-0 in the ALCS were expected to roll over the underdog LA Dodgers. The Dodgers were 94-67 and just beat a 100 wins Mets team in 7 games in the NLCS so they felt they belong there as well. Game 1 was at Dodgers Stadium in LA and it felt that whoever won the first game would set the tone for the rest of the series and eventually win the series. In game 1 the Dodgers drew first blood scoring two runs in the bottom of the 1st inning to take a 2-0 lead. Then right away in the top of 2nd inning the A’s showed their high powered offense by scoring four runs on a Jose Canseco’s grand slam to take a 4-2 lead. The Dodgers would cut the lead to one in the bottom of the 6th and only trailed the A’s 4-3. Going into the bottom of the 9th inning the A’s were three outs away from taking Game 1 and they brought their future hall of famer closer Dennis Eckersley to try to seal the deal. Eckersley retired the first two batters and the A’s were just one out away. Eckersley walked former A’s teammate Mike Davis then Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda replaced Dave Anderson for banged up Kirk Gibson as the pinch hitter. A tough at-bat by Gibson and the count was 3-2 down to the last strike. Eckersley threw a backdoor slider that Gibson knew it was coming and he crushed into the right field bleacher for a walk-off home run as the Dodgers won the game 5-4. Gibson hobbling around the bases on both hurt legs and pumping his fist as he rounded second would become an iconic baseball moment. It was the first time that a World Series game ended with a come-from-behind home run. Gibson would never bat again in the Series as the Dodgers went on to win the World Series in five games.

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