Sunday, April 29, 2007

L.A. Dodgers: What Happened to Gibson's Ball?

Arguably the greatest moment in Dodgers history occurred on October 15, 1988, in Game 1 of the World Series against the Oakland A's. That, of course, was the moment Kirk Gibson limped to home plate with two outs and, after running up a full count, hit a walk-off homer against Dennis Eckersley.

I remember that evening with particular fondness. Not only was it the ultimate in baseball magic, but we like to joke that Gibson's miraculous homerun sent me into labor with our first child, as I went to the hospital just a few hours later. While I was in labor, I watched Orel Hershiser pitch and hit his way to victory in Game 2, and the Dodgers went on to win the World Series within the first days after we brought our little girl home from the hospital. So we had a true World Series baby!

The L.A. Times' Bill Plaschke wonders: whatever happened to Gibson's home run ball?


Blogger Cathy said...

What a wonderful memory, Laura! You captured the magic of baseball!

4:07 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks! :)

Funnily enough I wrote another baseball post tonight! More good baseball magic...


9:23 PM  

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