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The 1988 World Series matched the Oakland Athletics against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the Dodgers upsetting the heavily favored A's to win the Series in five games. The most memorable moment of the 1988 World Series was when injured Dodgers MVP Kirk Gibson hit a pinch-hit, game winning home run off of Athletics closer and future Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley in Game 1.

Managers: Tony LaRussa (Oakland), Tommy Lasorda (Los Angeles)

Umpires: Doug Harvey (NL), Larry McCoy (AL), Bruce Froemming (NL), Durwood Merrill (AL), Jerry Crawford (NL), Derryl Cousins (AL)

Series MVP: Orel Hershiser, Los Angeles

Television: NBC (Vin Scully and Joe Garagiola announcing)

Radio CBS Radio (Jack Buck and Bill White announcing)

Game 1

October 15, 1988 at Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles Dodgers)

                                 1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                                 -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
    Oakland Athletics            0  4  0    0  0  0    0  0  0     4  7  0
    Los Angeles Dodgers          2  0  0    0  0  1    0  0  2     5  7  0

    PITCHERS: OAK - Stewart, Eckersley (9)
              LAD - Belcher, Leary (3), Holton (6), Pena (8)

               WP - Pena
	       LP - Eckersley
             SAVE - none

   HOME RUNS: OAK - Canseco
              LAD - Hatcher, Gibson

  ATTENDANCE: 55,983


Game 2

October 16, 1988 at Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles Dodgers)

                                 1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                                 -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
    Oakland Athletics            0  0  0    0  0  0    0  0  0     0  3  0
    Los Angeles Dodgers          0  0  5    1  0  0    0  0  X     6 10  1

    PITCHERS: OAK - S. Davis, Nelson (4), Young (6), Plunk (7), Honeycutt (8)
              LAD - Hershiser

               WP - Hershiser
	       LP - S. Davis
             SAVE - none

   HOME RUNS: OAK - none
              LAD - Marshall

  ATTENDANCE: 56,051


Game 3

October 18, 1988 at Oakland Coliseum (Oakland Athletics)

                                 1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                                 -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
    Los Angeles Dodgers          0  0  0    0  1  0    0  0  0     1  8  1
    Oakland Athletics            0  0  1    0  0  0    0  0  1     2  5  0

    PITCHERS: LAD - Tudor, Leary (2), Pena (6), J. Howell (9)
              OAK - Welch, Cadaret (6), Nelson (6), Honeycutt (8)

               WP - Honeycutt
	       LP - J. Howell
             SAVE - none

   HOME RUNS: LAD - none
              OAK - McGwire

  ATTENDANCE: 49,316


Game 4

October 19, 1988 at Oakland Coliseum (Oakland Athletics)

                                 1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                                 -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
    Los Angeles Dodgers          2  0  1    0  0  0    1  0  0     4  8  1
    Oakland Athletics            1  0  0    0  0  1    1  0  0     3  9  2

    PITCHERS: LAD - Belcher, J. Howell (7)
              OAK - Stewart, Cadaret (7), Eckersley (9)

               WP - Belcher
	       LP - Stewart
             SAVE - J. Howell

   HOME RUNS: LAD - none
              OAK - none

  ATTENDANCE: 49,317


Game 5

October 20, 1988 at Oakland Coliseum (Oakland Athletics)

                                 1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                                 -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
    Los Angeles Dodgers          2  0  0    2  0  1    0  0  0     5  8  0
    Oakland Athletics            0  0  1    0  0  0    0  1  0     2  4  0

    PITCHERS: LAD - Hershiser
              OAK - S. Davis, Cadaret (5), Nelson (5), Honeycutt (8), Plunk (9), Burns (9)

               WP - Hershiser
	       LP - S. Davis
             SAVE - none

   HOME RUNS: LAD - Hatcher, M. Davis
              OAK - none

  ATTENDANCE: 49,317


Trivia

  • Kirk Gibson's homer in Game 1, marked the first time that a World Series game ended with a come from behind home run.
  • While Kirk Gibson was taking practice swings in the Dodgers' clubhouse during Game 1, Orel Hershiser set up the hitting tee for his teammate. Along the way, NBC's Bob Costas could hear Gibson's agonized-sounding grunts after every hit. Speaking of Costas, many in the Dodgers' clubhouse (especially manager Tommy Lasorda) were enraged by Costas' on-air statements about 1988 Dodgers possibly having the weakest hitting line-up in World Series history. After the Dodgers won Game 4, Lasorda during an NBC interview with Marv Albert sarcastically said that the MVP of the World Series should be Bob Costas.
  • Mickey Hatcher had only one home run during the entire regular season, yet he set the tone for the 1988 World Series in Game 1 with a two run left-center blast.
  • Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda tried to trick the Athletics into thinking that Kirk Gibson was not going to pinch-hit in Game 1. Preceding Gibson's at-bat, while Mike Davis was at the plate, Lasorda sent Dave Anderson, who hit .249 in the regular season, out into the on-deck circle. Oakland pitcher, Dennis Eckersley, who had seen Davis hit for power in the American League, became too cautious, reasoning that he would rather risk walking Davis (assuming that Anderson next up would still prove to be an easy out), instead of trying to pitch to Davis, and perhaps make a mistake that Davis could hit for a game-tying home run. Eckersley did indeed walk Davis, thus setting the stage for Kirk Gibson to hit his game winning home run.
  • Longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully called the 1988 World Series for a national television audience on NBC. According to Scully, when he saw Kirk Gibson walk up to the plate, it looked as if he was using his bat as a cane.
  • Jose Canseco's grand slam in Game 1 was his only hit of the series. His fellow Bash Brother Mark McGwire had only one hit as well, the game-winning shot that ended Game 3.

Quotes of the Series

"So the Dodgers brought in Debbie Gibson, now if only they had Kirk Gibson!" - NBC pre-game show host Bob Costas commenting on National Anthem singer, Debbie Gibson (no relation to Kirk) just prior to Game 1, of course not knowing what would happen later on in the evening.

"You talk about a roll of the dice...this is it." - Vin Scully, announcing Tommy Lasorda's decision to use the injured Kirk Gibson as a pinch hitter in Game 1.

"High fly ball hit into right field...she is...GONE!" - Vin Scully, announcing Kirk Gibson's home run in Game 1 on NBC.

"In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened!" - Vin Scully, immediately after Kirk Gibson's home run in Game 1 on NBC.

"This is gonna be a home run! Unbelievable! A home run by Gibson! And the Dodgers have won the game, 5 to 4; I don't believe... what I just saw!" - Jack Buck on CBS Radio.

"Got him! They've done it! And like the 1969 Mets, it's the impossible dream revisited!" - NBC's Vin Scully calling the final out in Game 5.

"Nobody thought we would win the division. Nobody thought we would beat the mighty Mets. Nobody thought we would beat the team who won 104 games (the Oakland Athletics), but we believed it!" - Tommy Lasorda.

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