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Gibson had a solid career during which he batted .268 with 255 home runs, but during the 1988 World Series, Gibson may have produced the most memorable moment in baseball history.
In Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, Oakland held a 4-3 lead with future Hall of Fame closer Dennis Eckersley on the mound. At the time Eck was the best closer in all of baseball, and he needed only three outs to seal a Game 1 victory.
Gibson was suffering from injuries to both legs as well as a stomach virus and was not expected to play, so it came as a shock to everybody in attendance when Tommy Lasorda pinch-hit Gibson with the tying run on first base.
Gibson dragged his ailing body to the plate before awkwardly taking his place in the batter's box. Gibson fell behind 0-2 before working the count full. On the 3-2 pitch, the big lefty clumsily stepped forward before taking a running swing that sent the ball flying over the right field wall.
The Dodgers went on to win the series, and Gibson took home MVP honors despite only one at-bat. To this date it is my favorite moment in baseball history, one that exemplifies the power of the human spirit.