“She is Gone!”
Well, not yet but by the end of the month, the jersey Dennis Eckersley wore while serving up Kirk Gibson’s famous 1988 World Series home run will have a new owner.
Grey Flannel Auctions is offering the Oakland Athletics road jersey bearing Eckersley’s name in its current catalog. It comes with Letters of Authenticity from the A’s equipment manager, the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the Dodgers, thanking the jersey’s owner for allowing the organization to display this relic in Chavez Ravine’s last season.
A gimpy Gibson’s pinch-hit two-out walk off home run in Game One of the World Series remains one of the most iconic moments in baseball history.
Hobbled by injuries to both legs and not expected to play, Gibson was inserted by Dodgers’ manager Tommy Lasorda, worked the count full and sent the delirious crowd home with a walk-off homer as he pumped his fist circling the bases. The game’s most dominant reliever, Eckersley had not given up a home run in over a month. The Dodgers ultimately went on to win the World Series in five games.
Gibson’s bat sold for $575,912 through SCP Auctions in 2010. His jersey went for $303,277 and his batting helmet for $153,388 with proceed benefitting his charitable foundation.