Jaime Jarrin: It was majestic
Remembering Gibson's Historic Home Run
"High fly ball into right field, she i-i-i-is ... gone! ... In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened!"
– Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully's television call on NBC
"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 don't believe what I just saw! I don't BELIEVE what I just saw!"
– Hall of Fame announcer Jack Buck's call on CBS Radio
Twenty-five years ago, Kirk Gibson hit one of the most dramatic home runs in baseball history in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
Many are familiar with Vin Scully's and Jack Buck's calls of the Dodgers' improbable win over the A's. What many aren't familiar with is there was another Hall of Famer behind a microphone that night at Chavez Ravine.
Jaime Jarrin, the Dodgers' Spanish-language broadcaster since 1958, was on the call. Though Jarrin's call has been lost to history -- MLB didn't mandate a tape backup until the 1990s -- his recollection of that October night in Los Angeles is indelibly stamped on his memory.
The video above is Jarrin's recollection of the night, the home run and its impact on baseball.
Jarrin, 77, entered Cooperstown in 1998 when he received the Ford C. Frick Award.