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Kirk Gibson
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Baseball Player
    (May 28, 1957- )
    Batted left, threw left
    Attended Michigan State University
    Played for the Detroit Tigers (1979-1987, 1993-1995), Los Angeles Dodgers (1988-1990), Kansas City Royals (1991), Pittsburgh Pirates (1993) Detroit's number-one draft pick in 1978
    ALCS MVP (1984)
    NL MVP (1988)
    Upon his debut, Sparky Anderson called Gibson 'the next Mickey Mantle.'
    He was not a good fielder. His below-average fielding resulted in shifting him from right field to left.
    Even though he played most of his career with Detroit, he is most remembered as a Dodger (for his heroics in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series).
    He struck out 137 times in 1985.
    He won the 1988 NL MVP batting .290 with 25 home runs and 76 RBIs, wholly unspectacular numbers.
    His leg problems limited him to a combined 160 games in his last two years with Los Angeles.
    He was a Don Mattingly/Wade Boggs look-alike.
    He was left-handed.
    He became the first Tiger to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in the same season (1984).
    He was the first Tiger to get at least 10 doubles, triples, home runs and stolen bases since Charlie Gehringer did it in 1930 (1984).
    He hit two home runs in the decisive Game 5 of the 1984 World Series.
    He was a great clutch-hitter, setting a Major League record with five consecutive game-winning hits in 1986.
    Teammate Orel Hershiser said of him, 'Gibson was huge. He made hustle cool; he made going hard into second base cool; he made coming to the park early cool. Instead of laid-back L.A., he was working-class Detroit.'
    Although he had yet to be selected to an All-Star team, he won the 1988 NL MVP award
    His competitiveness and intensity led the Dodgers to the 1988 NL pennant and, ultimately, the '88 World Series.
    He helped the Dodgers win the 1988 NLCS, winning Game 3 with a 12th-inning home run, hitting a three-run homer in Game 5 and a game-winning sacrifice fly in Game 7.
    Although too injured to participate in the pre-game introductions he pinch-hit the walk off game winning World Series Game 1 home run (1988).
    That game-winning home run off ace reliever Dennis Eckersley is considered one of the greatest baseball moments.

Credit: Mike Wierzbicki

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