Twenty-five years ago, the Dodgers won the World Series in what many would call miraculous fashion. That team, featuring standout seasons from Orel Hershiser and Kirk Gibson, remains one of the most beloved teams in Dodgers history. What are the members of that team doing now, and what do they remember most from that season? In this photo gallery, you can find the answer. ()
Dave Anderson, infielder
1988 stats: .249, 2 HRs, 20 RBIs
What is he doing now? Anderson is the first-base coach for the Texas Rangers.
What is your most memorable moment from that season? “Kirk Gibson’s home run.”
What went through your mind when Kirk Gibson hit that Game 1 homer? “We were going to win the World Series.”
Tim Belcher, starting pitcher
1988 stats: 12-6, 2.91 ERA
What is he doing now? Belcher works for the Cleveland Indians as Special Assistant to Baseball Operations.
What is your most memorable moment from that season? “Several things stand out; Steve Sax starting the season with a HR, I believe on the first pitch in the bottom of the first inning. Gibson scoring from second base on a passed ball more than once. Orels streak and the nine inning scoreless tie in San Diego that made breaking the record possible. Don Drysdale. And, without a doubt the Gibson HR in Game #1 of the World Series.
What went through your mind when Kirk Gibson hit that Game 1 homer? “Thanks Gibby! I just spit-the-hook for what would have been a World Series loss.”
Do you ever wear your World Series ring? “I seldom wear it. Not practical jewelry around the farm and a bit too showy out in public or while working. I do wear it occasionally to speaking engagements, especially those involving young athletes.” ()
Tim Crews, relief pitcher
1988 stats: 4-0, 3.14 ERA
Tim Crews died in a boating accident in Orlando, Fla., on March 23, 1993 ()
Kirk Gibson, left field
1988 stats: .290, 25 HRs, 76 RBIs (named NL MVP)
Where is he now? Gibson is the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
What is your most memorable moment from that season. “When we won the World Series, celebrating in that small Oakland locker room and on the plane back to L.A. Because when you do that, along the way, I dont know who picked us that year. Probably nobody. So we always felt like we were against the odds. Then you get closer and closer and closer and youre scared things are going to turn on you the wrong way and they never did. Just getting that last out right there, knowing that it was real.”
What went through your mind when you hit that Game 1 homer? “First of all, it was like almost some kind of a foolish thing to really go up there and hit just because of the shape I was in. Just really sitting there in the clubhouse and almost dreaming about doing it, then to go up there and do it, it was like 'Can you believe it?' I remember when I was rounding the bases, my parents went through my mind. Throughout my career, there were a lot of doubters, a lot of people who directed a lot of criticism at me. People would say things to my dad, and initially, early in my career, they had to defend me. I told them, 'You guys dont have to defend me. I'm going to bust it and I'm going to fail sometimes. But we'll have a laugh some day that it will all be worth it.' When I did it, I thought, 'This is the moment.' Literally as I was rounding the bases, past second base. When I got to home plate I remember thinking, You guys don't jump on me, because I was hurting. I was like, 'no, no,' but it didnt matter. Then right at the end of the game when I went in, I think it was Bob Costas, he wanted me to go right on TV. I said, No, because I wanted to go in and celebrate with my teammates. I walked in and everybody waited. Then jumped around. Then I went back out and did the interview with Bob Costas, I believe. It was on the scoreboard. I went out there five to 10 minutes later and nobody had left.
Do you ever wear your World Series ring? “I've worn it probably less than five times. I keep it in a safe place; it's secure. It's in a safe. I don't wear jewelry. I cant even think of the last time I had it on. It's a keepsake. They're all too big. When someone shakes your hand it almost breaks your finger.” (Rusty Kennedy / AP)
Alfredo Griffin, shortstop
1988 stats: .199, 1 HR, 27 RBIs
Griffin has been a coach for the Angels since the 2000 season.
What is your most memorable moment from that season? “Without question, Kirk Gibson’s home run. Davis pinch-hit for me, he walked, stole second, and that was it, Kirk hit the home run, I was just jumping around like crazy.”
What went through your mind when Kirk Gibson hit that Game 1 homer? “That was incredible. Oakland was playing good, was winning the game, that changed everything around. It was amazing.”
Do you ever wear your World Series ring? “Don’t wear it too much because they bother me too much when I get on a plane. If it’s a private flight, would wear it, but on a regular flight, people want to touch it.” ()
Mickey Hatcher, infielder/outfielder
1988 stats: .293, 1 HR, 25 RBIs
Mickey Hatcher is currently out of baseball after serving as Angels’ hitting coach from 2000-2012.
What is your most memorable moment from that season? “God, there were too many of them ... it was one of those things that when you look back on the season, you realize how many guys contributed in so many ways, when it was all said and done, all the things that happened that season to get us there and to win, some of the Kirk Gibson at-bats, to Mike Scioscia at-bats to Jeff Hamilton’s at-bats to Orel Hershiser, the way he pitched, think we had three different pitchers win a game with the bat during the season, you look at all that and you realize what it takes to be a world champion, that same kind of magic, when you think about it, happened to us in 2002. Those are the things that I think about.”
What went through your mind when Kirk Gibson hit that Game 1 homer? “It was just unbelievable, Davis stole second, I think everybody right there thought Gibby had a chance to get a base hit and tie the game. That’s what we were looking at. Before that, we were watching him battle through it, but when Davis stole second, everyone kind of felt something might happen here, that we might be able to get that run, we just hope he can get to first base. Then when he hit that ball in the seats, that was just unbelievable.”
Do you wear your World Series ring? “Actually, I had it stolen about four years ago, my wife surprised me, got a hold of the Dodgers and had another one made up, exact replica, and she gave it to me, surprised me.” ()
Orel Hershiser, starting pitcher
1988 stats: 23-8, 2.26 ERA (Won NL CY Young Award)
Where is he now? Hershiser is in his fourth season as a television analyst on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.
What is your most memorable moment from that season. “The last out of the World Series, Tony Phillips striking out on a fastball in. Its like having your first child. Its like walking down the aisle. Its the happiest feeling you can have in your life. You see your mom and dad in the stands and think, ‘This is something you gave me the opportunity to do.’
What went through your mind when Kirk Gibson hit that Game 1 homer? “I was jumping up and down, but as I was celebrating, I was thinking, ‘Ive got to pitch Game 2.’
Do you wear your World Series ring? “I've only worn it to special occasions. I don't do that very often because I live in Las Vegas and it's in storage in Texas.” (Lori Shepler / LAT)
Ricky Horton, relief pitcher
1988 stats: 1-1, 5.00 ERA
Horton was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 30, 1988, for pitcher Shawn Hillegas.
Where is he now? He currently provides color commentary for the St. Louis Cardinals on Fox Sports Midwest and is the director of the St. Louis fellowship of Christian Athletes.
What is your most memorable moment from that season? “Pitching in a playoff game in New York.”
What went through your mind when Kirk Gibson hit that Game 1 homer? “My initial thought was ‘Is Tommy out of his mind?’ Then ‘I hope Jesse Orosco does not drop me!’ He was carrying me around the bullpen after home run!”
Do you ever wear your World Series ring? “I always wear it when I see Tommy Lasorda.” ()
Tim Leary, starting pitcher
1988 stats: 17-11, 2.91 ERA
Where is he now? Leary coaches privately on the West side of L.A., coaching kids from the age of eight to people in their 20s.
What is your most memorable moment from that season. “For me personally, it was when I got called into pinch hit in the 11th inning of a game in August against the Giants and I got a hit. It was a tie game. Mike Davis was on the bench on the top step aruging a call with Paul Runge and Paul Runge threw him out of the game. They walked the No. 8 batter to get to me with the bases loaded and two out. I got the count to 3-2 and hit the ball up the middle. It was a special game againt the Giants. The last night, I had pitched and won.”
What went through your mind when Kirk Gibson hit that Game 1 homer? “I was the first relief pitcher in that game. I was in the clubhouse in shorts and shower shoes. When I the count got to 3-2, the scouting report was, Look for the backdoor slider. We knew it was coming. When he hit it, I jumped up, put on my uniform pants and shirt and ran out to the field. For an hour, no one could sit down. It was the most incredible excitement ever. We had Hershiser pitching the next day. We tore their hearts. It was like we won the World Series right there. It was more exciting, actually, than winning Game 5.”
Do you ever wear your World Series ring? “I didn’t wear it for years. I wanted to keep it special. I feel like a superhero when I wear that thing, especially now, 20 years later.” ()
Mike Marshall, outfielder
1988 stats: .277, 20 HRs, 82 RBIs
Where is he now? Marshall is commissioner of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs.
What is your most memorable moment from that season? “Too many to name. Leary’s pinch-hit game winner. Gibby scoring from second base on a wild pitch. Orel’s streak.”
What went through your mind when Kirk Gibson hit that Game 1 homer? “Not as surprised as everyone else. Just when you think you seen it all the improbable happens. The longer you live the more amazing things happen.”
Do you ever wear your World Series ring? “I pull it out for appearances or to show people. I don’t wear jewelery at all, so although I am very proud, I have never worn it.” ()
Steve Sax, second base
1988 stats: .277, 5 HRs, 57 RBIs
Where is he now? Sax is the first-base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
What is your most memorable moment from that season? “There were so many things. Orel breaking Drysdale’s record. Gibson winning the MVP. Mike Scoscias home run off Gooden. Also, Gibson, in the rain against New York, a catch on a ball that wouldve been disastrous for us. He made a tremendous catch. He was playing in shallow left field. Someone hit a ball behind him to his right. He slipped and fell, but he was able to make a catch. John Shelby made a couple of huge playes in center field as well. Our outfielders made some huge plays.”
What went through your mind when Kirk Gibson hit that Game 1 homer? “I was the next guy up, so I had a good view of it. Werent the most talented team, but we were the best team. The Mets beat us 10 of 11 times and beating them in the NLCS was a huge accomplishment. So when Gibson hit the home run, it seemed like it was time for us to win it. Big things were happening after big things.”
Do you ever wear your World Series ring? “I've put it on, but I've never worn it out. My kids will get them.” ()
Mike Scioscia, catcher
1988 stats: .257, 3 HRs, 35 RBIs
Scioscia has been the manager of the Angels since the 2000 season, winning the World Series in 2002.
What is your most memorable moment from 1988? “There wasn’t really one moment, it was almost like a rolling thunder momentum thing through whole season. We only had two big named players (Gibson, Hershiser) and there were some personal accomplishments there with Kirk getting the MVP and Orel going 59 scoreless innings, but just the feeling that a team was in sync, there guys who would platoon, there were guys who played every day, there were matchups that were used in given situations, our bullpen was by committee, don’t think there was one moment where you went, WOW, until you clinched.
What went through your mind when Kirk Gibson hit that Game 1 homer? “It was funny, but it was surreal the way that situation unraveled, it was just like the poem, Casey at the Bat, that’s something that never happens, you never have the hometown slugger come up in a situation like that and hit the home run, I can’t ever remember that happening. Other guys have hit home runs, but it’s not usually the hometown slugger. It was surreal the way he was able to play, the whole setting, everything from the scouting report about the back-door slider, a lot of things went through my head at the time he was up to the bat, when the count got there, it was unbelievable the way everything came together.”
Do you ever wear your World Series ring? “It’s a memento, but I can’t wear it because I’m too fat, my fingers got too fat.”
Mike Sharperson, infielder
1988 stats: .271, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs
Sharperson died in a car accident outside of Las Vegas on May 26, 1996. He had just been promoted from triple-A Las Vegas by the San Diego Padres, and was on his way to San Diego when the accident occured. ()
John Shelby, center field
1988 stats: .263, 10 HRs, 64 RBIs
Where is he now? Shelby is currently a coach for the Milwaukee Brewers.
What is your most memorable moment from that season? “Its really hard to pinpoint one thing. We were a very close-knit ballclub. We did the itty-bitty things. Like my walk and Scoscia coming up and getting the big two-run home run (in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the NLCS against the Mets). The Mets felt like they had that one put away. But after I drew the walk and Scoscia hit a two-run home run to tie it, that gave us a lot of momentum. We never gave up. Little things like my drawing the walk kept us in the ballgame and gave us a chance. We always felt like someone on the club was doing something. We even had pitchers come up and get hits for us.”
What went through your mind when Kirk Gibson hit that Game 1 homer? “Knowing his condition, realizing the way he fouled off a couple pitches, it didnt look pretty. But deep down inside, all we could do was hope. And he hit the home run. If he had hit anything but a home run, he probably wouldve been thrown out. When he hit the ball, everyone was wide-eyed. It wasnt hit real high. It was kind of on a line. It went back and back and all of a sudden, the whole place exploded. When it happens, your mind goes wild.”
Do you ever wear your World Series ring? “Its on my finger every day. Right hand, ring finger. In 88, nobody gave us a chance. Everything we got, we had to earn the hard way. People see it all the time. I get more of a thrill of people wanting to see it. They ask to take pictures with it. If I didn't wear it one day, I would feel lost.” ()
Franklin Stubbs, first baseman
1988 stats: .223, 8 HRs, 34 RBIs
Where is he now? Stubbs is the batting coach for the triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes, a minor-league affiliate of the Dodgers.
What is your most memorable moment from that season? “Jesse Orosco put some black stuff in Gibsons helmet in spring training. Gibson didnt play that day because he said we played around too much. I realized at that time that we had a chance to win. It was in the first week of games at Vero Beach.”
What went through your mind when Kirk Gibson hit that Game 1 homer? “I still remember Mel Didier saying that if the count was 3-2, Eckersley would throw a backdoor slider. Thats what he said. The main thing was that Mike Davis stole second base because I knew he couldnt run. I said, Here it comes. I didnt think he could get around a fastball but I thought he could get around a slider. I was thinking, We got Game 1. Weve got three more to finish the deal. When youre a little kid, all you dream about is playing in a World Series and winning. You cant explain it.”
Do you ever wear your World Series ring? “I never wear it because I gave it to my oldest son, but he doesn't know. You've got to pass it on.” ()
Tracy Woodson, first base/third base
1988 stats: .249, 3 HRs, 15 RBIs
Where is he now? Woodson is the baseball coach at Valparaiso University.
What is your most memorable moment from that season? “Gibby’s homer. I knew at that moment that we were winning it all. I think the ball landed in one of the terminals at LAX!”
What went through your mind when Kirk Gibson hit that Game 1 homer? “I couldn’t believe it. I still have it on tape and play it when I’m recruiting players to come to Valparaiso.”
Do you ever wear your World Series ring? “I keep it on display in a glass box. It’s really heavy.” ()
Mike Davis, outfielder
1988 stats: .196, 2 HRs, 17 RBIs
Attempts to contact Mike Davis were unsuccessful. ()
Rick Dempsey, catcher
1988 stats: .251, 7 HRs, 30 RBIs
Where is he now? Dempsey is a member of the Baltimore Orioles broadcast team. ()
Jeff Hamilton, third base
1988 stats: .236, 6, 33
Hamilton became a mortgage banker after retiring and lives in Michigan. ()
Danny Heep, first base/outfield
1988 stats: .242, 0 HRs, 11 RBIs
Heep is the head baseball coach at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. ()
Brian Holton, relief pitcher
1988 stats: 7-3, 1.70 ERA, 1 save
Attempts to locate Brian Holton were unsuccessful. ()
Jay Howell, closer
1988 stats: 5-3, 2.08 ERA, 21 saves
Howell is an antique furniture dealer in Atlanta. ()
Jesse Orosco, relief pitcher
1988 stats: 3-2, 2.72 ERA, 9 saves
Orosco coaches pitching at the San Diego branch of the Frozen Ropes baseball training centers. (George Wilhelm / LAT)
Alejandro Pena, relief pitcher
1988 stats: 6-7, 1.91 ERA, 12 saves
Pena is the pitching coach of the Dodgers’ Dominican summer league team. ()
John Tudor, starting pitcher
1988 stats: 4-3, 2.41 ERA
Attempts to contact and locate John Tudor were unsuccessful. ()