We know the whereabouts of a lot of historic home run balls. Even the one hit by Babe Ruth in the 1933 All Star game. But Kirk Gibson’s famous blast off Dennis Eckersley in the 1988 World Series is MIA.
It’s hard to believe that 19 years ago, no one really gave it that much of a thought.
There was no immediate quest to find it. At least it wasn’t a hot topic in the sports collecting world. Home run balls, even from the World Series, weren’t like winning lottery tickets back then.
A nice collectible? Sure. Worth something? Absolutely.
But the historic ball craze and auction houses were still a few years away when Gibson’s gimpy-legged trot around the bases produced a baseball moment for all time. So just where is that ball?