MLB Legend Kirk Gibson Signing For Hometown Fans (Video)
Above is original video of former MLB player and manager Kirk Gibson signing autographs at Detroit City Sports, in the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights, Michigan. The clip is provided by Lance Martinez from My Detroit Sports.
The 59-year-old Gibson is a Michigan guy through and through, having been born in Pontiac and raised in the Oakland County township of Waterford. Gibson would go on to star at Michigan State, where he exceled in both baseball and football.
Gibson played 17 MLB seasons, 12 of which for his hometown Tigers. The gritty lefty is best known for his homerun in the clinching game of the 1984 World Series and of course his iconic game-winning blast off Dennis Eckersley, during Game 1 of the 1988 series, leading the Dodgers to an improbable upset of the heavily favored Athletics.
Gibson’s magical ’88 campaign also included winning the National League MVP award.
For his career, the outfielder posted a .268 BA, with 255 HR and 870 RBI.
After a 5-year stint managing the Diamondbacks (won NL manager of the year in 2011), Gibson has returned to Detroit, serving as a TV analyst for the Tigers.
In 2015, Gibson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, which he continues to battle to this day.