Kirk Gibson reflects on 1988


Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson was brought into the interview room before the game, then shook hands with Magic Johnson (pictured) on his way out the door.

The occasion was that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Dodgers’ most recent World Series title in 1988. Gibson, you may recall, had a lot to do with that championship, not only with his famous home run in Game 1 of the World Series — the questions he was asked here overwhelmingly centered on that topic — but also in putting up numbers throughout the year that won him the National League’s Most Valuable Player award and in the emotional leadership he provided the team after a spring-training incident in which teammates played that infamous practical joke of putting eyeblack on the inside of Gibson’s cap, prompting Gibson to leave camp in disgust as a message to his new club that he was here to win, not engage in shenanigans. I actually asked him about that at one point during this session. He acknowledged it, but then took his answer into a completely different direction in which he just acknowledged a bunch of teammates who contributed that year.

Anyway, here’s the video, in two parts. The first one keys up in the middle of his first answer because I was about 30 seconds late coming into the room. The two parts of this are split up kind of in the same way the Aaron brothers’ career home runs were split between them. The first one is 14 minutes plus, the second one is a little over two minutes.


  1. Magic shaking hands with Gibby…looks like Spartan convention! Is Garvey around? Could have made it a triumvirate.

  2. Thanks so much for this. I’m surprised Gibby is so forthcoming with his thoughts about that time, and happy to know that he still holds such fond thoughts of the Dodgers and that that HR still means as much to him as it has for all of us who witnessed it.