Kirk Gibson

Kirk Gibson
Birthdate 5/28/1957
Death Date
Debut Year 1979
Year of Induction
Teams Dodgers, Pirates, Royals, Tigers
Positions Center Field, Designated Hitter, Left Field, Manager, Right Field

Kirk Gibson remains the only Most Valuable Player never to appear in an All Star game; his Game 1 walk off homer in ’88 was his only at bat of that Series.

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Baseball fans call Kirk Gibson's Game 1 homer in the 1988 World Series the greatest homer in the history of Dodger Stadium

Baseball fans call Kirk Gibson's Game 1 homer in the 1988 World Series the greatest homer in the history of Dodger Stadium

Kirk Gibson played his best seasons for the Detroit Tiger. The outfielder broke in with the Tigers in 1979 and became a regular in ’83. While with Detroit from 1984-1987 Gibson averaged 27 homers and 258 total bases per season. Though he had his share of game-changing moments in Detroit, Gibso
Kirk Gibson signs for his only All Star ring - as a coach on the 2011 staff 16 years after retiring as a player

Kirk Gibson signs for his only All Star ring - as a coach on the 2011 staff 16 years after retiring as a player

Kirk Gibson had a memorable career that included two World Series-changing home runs. The first came in 1984 as a Detroit Tiger. Gibson stepped into the batters box to face the Padres Rich “Goose” Gossage. San Diego skipper Dick Williams wiggled four fingers to signal to Gossage to issue

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