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WS Game 1

Oct. 15, 1988 -- Dodgers 5, Athletics 4: The story has been recounted hundreds of times, but it remains just as riveting in the retelling. During a ninth-inning, pinch-hit appearance against Dennis Eckersley, badly hobbled Kirk Gibson stepped out of the box and recalled some advice that scout Mel Didier had shared in a meeting before the World Series. "As sure as I'm standing here breathing, he's going to throw you a 3-2 backdoor slider," Didier told the Dodgers hitters.

One improbable swing and a gimpy tour of the bases later, Gibson gave the Dodgers a stunning victory that catapulted them to a gargantuan upset. "I got to home plate and everybody started mobbing me," Gibson recalled. "I said, 'Leave me alone, I can barely stand up as it is.'"
-- Jerry Crasnick