On January 29 1988 — 1988 – The Los Angeles Dodgers sign free agent outfielder Kirk Gibson to a three-year contract worth $4.5 million. Thanks in large part to Gibson’s fiery leadership, the Dodgers will win the National League pennant and leads them to a World Series title. Gibby also wins the 1988 NL MVP Award (25 HR, 76 RBI, 106 runs, .290 BA, .377 OBP, .860 OPS).
In Game 1 of the World Series against the Oakland Athletics, Gibson, too hobbled to play the field, will hit a dramatic, game-winning pinch-hit home run off Dennis Eckersley.
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