This Day In Sports History (November 15th) — Kirk Gibson

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It was on this day in 1988 that Kirk Gibson was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player of the regular season.  Gibson beat out Darryl Strawberry in the voting to capture the only MVP award of his career.

Kirk Gibson did not possess the power numbers of a typical Most Valuable Player, as he hit just 25 home runs with 76 runs batted in.  However, his numbers across the board were solid, as he hit for a .290 batting average, scored 106 runs and stole 31 bases.  Many believe that Gibson was named the MVP more for his leadership and passion rather than his numbers.  The 1988 season was Gibson’s first year with the Dodgers and he was a major factor in their turnaround, as they went on to win the World Series after finishing fourth during the previous season.

Kirk Gibson’s 1988 season is most remembered for his first and only plate appearance of the World Series.  Suffering from a stomach virus and injuries to both legs, Gibson limped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game One with the Dodgers trailing 4-3.  Representing the winning run, Gibson hit a home run off Oakland Athletics star closer Dennis Eckersley, giving Los Angeles the win and the 1-0 series lead.

Here is an interview with Kirk Gibson.

Notable Birthdays

Jason Dunn, NFL –  Born November 15th 1973 (age 40) in Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Yannick Tremblay, NHL – Born November 15th 1975 (age 38) in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec

Lorena Ochoa, LPGA – Born November 15th 1981 (age 32) in Guadalajara, Mexico