At the moment, Kirk Gibson is probably best known for a home run he hit off Dennis Eckersley during Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
As a player, Gibson was a superstar. His playing resume boasts an NL MVP award, two World Series titles, a Silver Slugger award and an ALCS MVP. At the rapid-fire pace that Gibson is proving himself as a Major League manager, his postseason accomplishments as a player may not remain what he is best known for.
In 2010, Gibson was named the interim manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks following the midseason dismissal of A.J. Hinch. Despite posting a paltry 34-49 record in his inaugural managerial tenure, at the end of the season, Gibson was promoted to the manager for the 2011 season, the interim title being dropped.
In his first full season as manager, Gibson proved the Diamondbacks front office had made the smart choice by giving him the job of skipper. Kirk Gibson took the team from worst to first and led them to their first NL West title since 2007. He received the NL Manager of the Year award accordingly.