Originally written on Next Impulse Sports  |  Last updated 10/23/14

On October 15, 1988, Game One of the World Series was played at Dodger Stadium between the Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics. Kirk Gibson was an unlikely hero that night, and here’s a quick rundown on why. The A’s had nearly a week to rest after sweeping the Red Sox while it took the Dodgers seven full games (including a complete seventh game from pitcher Orel Hershiser) to get past the Mets. That gave the Dodgers two days to get their act together and prepare for Saturday’s opener. Two days rest wasn’t enough for even the mighty Hershiser (who seemed to pitch in every postseason game that year) so Tim Belcher took the mound against the A’s number one starter, Dave Stewart. Kirk Gibson had injured his leg in the NLCS and was so hurt, in fact, that he had to skip the introductions while being attended to by the training staff. He was not expected to play at all, a huge blow for the Dodgers. Gibson had been brought in during the offseason to be a presence in the locker room and provid...
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