Gibson's home run was not only the most dramatic moment in the history of the ballpark, but also probably in the entire sporting history of Los Angeles. The Dodgers trailed the heavily-favored Oakland Athletics in Game 1 of the World Series. They were down to their final out with a man on first when Manager Tom Lasorda pinch hit a hobbled Kirk Gibson to face American League saves leader Dennis Eckersley. Gibson, who later won the National League most valuable player of the year award, was held out of the lineup because of a hamstring injury. Informed by scout Mel Didier of Eckersley's tendency to throw back-door sliders to left-handed hitters with the count full, Gibson muscled a 3-2 pitch into the right-field pavilion. Gibson limped around the bases, pumping his fist. Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully called, "In the year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened." The Dodgers won the series in five games. They havent won a World Series since.
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