5. I Don't Believe What I Just Saw!
"Gibson swings and a fly ball to deep right field. This is gonna be a home run! Unbelievable! A home run for Gibson and the Dodgers have won the game, 5-4. I donâ€™t believe what I just saw!"
Really, it was just a home run. What made it special was ... just about everything. The Aâ€™s led the Dodgers, 4-3, heading into the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. And they had future Hall of Fame closer Dennis Eckersley on the mound. Eckersley retired the first two batters, then walked Mike Davis. The Dodgers had National League MVP Kirk Gibson on the bench, but he had injured both legs during the NLCS and was not expected to play in the World Series.
But with the game on the line, here came Gibson, hobbling gingerly to the plate. Cut to Jack Buck on the radio broadcast: "We have a big 3-2 pitch coming here from Eckersley, ... " Using what Gibson called an "ugly swing," he yanked the backdoor slider into the right-field pavilion to give the Dodgers a walk-off 5-4 victory.
Though Gibson would not appear again the rest of the series, his one swing was enough to propel the Dodgers to an epic upset series win over the A's. The image of Gibson pumping his right arm as he jogged between first and second bases is an iconic moment in American sports history.