The homer happened in Game One, not Game Seven, but its impact on the Series was undeniable. The video has been seen millions of times. A gimpy Kirk Gibson, limping into the batter’s box at Dodger Stadium in the 9th inning of the 1988 World Series opener and stroking a game-winning homer off of the usually unhittable closer Dennis Eckersley. Now, the uniform Gibson was wearing that night and the bat he used to hit one of baseball’s most famous home runs is going on the auction block.
SCP Auctions will announce today that Gibson has consigned the bat, batting helmet, home and road uniforms from the Series, his World Series trophy and 1988 National League Most Valuable Player award.
The southern California company is adding them to its fall auction, set to begin October 27.
Proceeds from the sale of the World Series trophy and MVP award will benefit the Kirk Gibson Foundation benefitting Michigan State University and two Michigan high schools where his parents taught.
“I was never really a collector,” said Gibson, manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. “As I looked at it and I started thinking about where I am in my life, I don’t want to have to worry about making sure these items are secure somewhere. I just felt like maybe it’s time to let the people who do like to collect things and display them buy them and then take some of the proceeds and fund my foundation. I want to make sure those scholarship funds go on forever in my parents’ names.”
“SCP Auctions is honored and thrilled to be selected by Kirk Gibson to auction these items associated with one of the most famous home runs in World Series history,” said SCP President David Kohler. “It was a miracle home run that created a storybook moment right out of a Hollywood script. We are confident the items from this iconic moment will generate huge interest from Dodgers fans and baseball and World Series collectibles buffs alike.”