Kirk Gibson Stats

Kirk Gibson was born on Tuesday, May 28, 1957, in Pontiac, Michigan. Gibson was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 8, 1979, with the Detroit Tigers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Kirk Gibson baseball stats page.

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"When he (Kirk Gibson) hit that ball (during 1988 World Series ), it was almost surreal. As devastating a blow as it was, I remember running off the field and saying, 'Man, that was unbelievable.' " - A's Shortstop Walt Weiss in The Sporting News 25 Greatest Moments (2001)

Kirk Gibson

Kirk Gibson Autograph on a 1985 Donruss Diamond Kings (#1)

Kirk Gibson Autograph on a 1985 Donruss Diamond Kings (#1)

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Birth Name:
Kirk Harold Gibson ( Twitter : @23KGibby )
Nickname:
Gibby
Born On:
05-28-1957  (Gemini)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Pontiac, Michigan
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Kettering High School (Waterford, MI)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-03
Player Weight Chart Weight:
215
First Game:
09-08-1979 (Age 22)
Last Game:
08-10-1995
Draft:
1978 : 1st Round (12th) / Signing Bonus = $150,000

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Kirk Gibson Pitching Stats

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Kirk Gibson Hitting Stats

1979 22 Tigers 12 38 3 9 3 0 1 0 4 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 .237 .256 .395
1980 23 Tigers 51 175 23 46 2 1 9 0 16 10 0 45 1 2 1 0 .263 .303 .440
1981 24 Tigers 83 290 41 95 11 3 9 0 40 18 1 64 1 2 2 9 .328 .369 .479
1982 25 Tigers 69 266 34 74 16 2 8 0 35 25 2 41 1 1 1 2 .278 .341 .444
1983 26 Tigers 128 401 60 91 12 9 15 0 51 53 3 96 5 4 4 2 .227 .320 .414
1984 27 Tigers 149 531 92 150 23 10 27 0 91 63 6 103 3 6 8 4 .282 .363 .516
1985 28 Tigers 154 581 96 167 37 5 29 0 97 71 16 137 3 10 5 5 .287 .364 .518
1986 29 Tigers 119 441 84 118 11 2 28 0 86 68 4 107 1 4 7 8 .268 .371 .492
1987 30 Tigers 128 487 95 135 25 3 24 0 79 71 8 117 1 4 5 5 .277 .372 .489
1988 31 Dodgers 150 542 106 157 28 1 25 0 76 73 14 120 3 7 7 8 .290 .377 .483
1989 32 Dodgers 71 253 35 54 8 2 9 0 28 35 5 55 0 2 2 5 .213 .312 .368
1990 33 Dodgers 89 315 59 82 20 0 8 0 38 39 0 65 0 2 3 4 .260 .345 .400
1991 34 Royals 132 462 81 109 17 6 16 1 55 69 3 103 1 2 6 9 .236 .341 .403
1992 35 Pirates 16 56 6 11 0 0 2 1 5 3 0 12 1 0 0 1 .196 .237 .304
1993 36 Tigers 116 403 62 105 18 6 13 1 62 44 4 87 0 3 4 2 .261 .337 .432
1994 37 Tigers 98 330 71 91 17 2 23 1 72 42 3 69 2 5 3 2 .276 .358 .548
1995 38 Tigers 70 227 37 59 12 2 9 0 35 33 3 61 0 2 3 6 .260 .358 .449
17 Years 1,635 5,798 985 1,553 260 54 255 4 870 718 72 1,285 23 56 61 72 .268 .352 .463

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Kirk Gibson Fielding Stats

1979 Tigers CF 1 0 15 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
1979 Tigers LF 7 7 189 13 1.9 13 13 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.86
1979 Tigers RF 2 1 45 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.60
1980 Tigers CF 49 41 1,149 124 2.5 123 122 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .992 2.89
1981 Tigers CF 26 24 627 69 2.7 69 68 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.97
1981 Tigers LF 8 7 192 9 1.1 9 9 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.27
1981 Tigers RF 38 32 831 69 1.8 65 65 0 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .942 2.11
1982 Tigers CF 64 64 1,698 174 2.7 173 169 4 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .994 2.75
1983 Tigers CF 22 18 474 53 2.4 51 51 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .962 2.91
1983 Tigers LF 29 27 702 61 2.1 61 59 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.35
1983 Tigers RF 4 3 75 7 1.8 6 6 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .857 2.16
1984 Tigers CF 1 0 18 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1984 Tigers RF 140 128 3,516 256 1.8 244 240 4 12 2 n/a n/a n/a .953 1.87
1985 Tigers CF 20 18 507 56 2.8 52 52 0 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .929 2.77
1985 Tigers RF 126 124 3,255 244 1.9 237 233 4 7 0 n/a n/a n/a .971 1.97
1986 Tigers CF 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1986 Tigers RF 114 113 2,952 196 1.7 194 192 2 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .990 1.77
1987 Tigers CF 2 2 54 6 3.0 6 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1987 Tigers LF 119 117 3,078 263 2.2 256 250 6 7 0 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.25
1988 Dodgers CF 1 0 9 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1988 Dodgers LF 148 147 3,834 333 2.3 321 314 7 12 3 n/a n/a n/a .964 2.26
1989 Dodgers CF 15 15 342 31 2.1 30 30 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .968 2.37
1989 Dodgers LF 62 51 1,392 124 2.0 121 117 4 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.35
1990 Dodgers CF 70 69 1,731 165 2.4 165 162 3 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.57
1990 Dodgers LF 11 11 273 31 2.8 30 29 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .968 2.97
1991 Royals LF 91 89 2,277 164 1.8 160 157 3 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .976 1.90
1991 Royals RF 3 2 63 5 1.7 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.14
1992 Pirates RF 13 13 336 26 2.0 26 25 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.09
1993 Tigers CF 30 27 702 75 2.5 74 74 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .987 2.85
1993 Tigers LF 2 0 12 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1994 Tigers CF 23 20 540 50 2.2 49 48 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.45
1994 Tigers RF 15 12 312 30 2.0 30 28 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.60
1995 Tigers RF 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
LF Totals 477 456 11,949 999 2.1 972 949 23 27 6 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.20
RF Totals 456 428 11,388 834 1.8 808 795 13 26 3 n/a n/a n/a .969 1.92
CF Totals 325 298 7,872 806 2.5 795 785 10 11 4 n/a n/a n/a .986 2.73
17 Years 1,258 1,182 31,209 2,639 2.1 2,575 2,529 46 64 13 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.23

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Kirk Gibson Miscellaneous Stats

1979 Tigers 3 3 .500 2 1 0 38.0 12.7 9.5 - - -
1980 Tigers 4 7 .364 7 3 1 19.4 3.9 10.9 - - -
1981 Tigers 17 5 .773 9 3 9 32.2 4.5 7.3 - - -
1982 Tigers 9 7 .563 1 1 4 33.3 6.5 7.6 - - -
1983 Tigers 14 3 .824 22 2 66 26.7 4.2 7.9 - - -
1984 Tigers 29 9 .763 13 0 6 19.7 5.2 5.8 - - -
1985 Tigers 30 4 .882 3 0 8 20.0 4.2 6.0 - - -
1986 Tigers 34 6 .850 2 0 4 15.8 4.1 5.1 - - -
1987 Tigers 26 7 .788 5 0 4 20.3 4.2 6.2 - - -
1988 Dodgers 31 4 .886 3 0 n/a 21.7 4.5 7.1 - - -
1989 Dodgers 12 3 .800 3 0 n/a 28.1 4.6 9.0 - - -
1990 Dodgers 26 2 .929 8 0 n/a 39.4 4.8 8.3 - - -
1991 Royals 18 4 .818 11 1 30 28.9 4.5 8.4 - - -
1992 Pirates 3 1 .750 3 0 n/a 28.0 4.7 11.2 - - -
1993 Tigers 15 6 .714 13 1 76 31.0 4.6 6.5 - - -
1994 Tigers 4 5 .444 12 0 56 14.3 4.8 4.6 - - -
1995 Tigers 9 2 .818 7 0 63 25.2 3.7 6.5 - - -
17 Years 284 78 .785 124 12 327 22.7 4.5 6.7 - - -

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Kirk Gibson Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1979 Detroit Tigers 23 $21,000.00 - -
1980 Detroit Tigers 23 $30,000.00 - -
1981 Detroit Tigers 23 $32,500.00 - -
1982 Detroit Tigers 23 $200,000.00 - -
1983 Detroit Tigers 23 $220,000.00 - -
1984 Detroit Tigers 23 $685,000.00 - Stats
1985 Detroit Tigers 23 $685,000.00 - -
1986 Detroit Tigers 23 $1,200,000.00 - -
1987 Detroit Tigers 23 $1,335,000.00 - -
1988 Los Angeles Dodgers 23 $1,833,333.00 - Stats
1989 Los Angeles Dodgers 23 $1,333,333.00 - -
1990 Los Angeles Dodgers 23 $1,333,334.00 - -
1991 Kansas City Royals 30 $1,700,000.00 - -
1992 Pittsburgh Pirates 25 $1,950,000.00 - -
1993 Detroit Tigers 23 $1,100,000.00 - -
1994 Detroit Tigers 23 $1,500,000.00 - n/a
1995 Detroit Tigers 23 $1,300,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Kirk Gibson was an All-American flanker for the Michigan State University football team? The National Football League's St. Louis Cardinals drafted him in the seventh round of the 1979 draft after he set several Spartan football records including career touchdown catches (24), career receptions (112), and career yards (2,347).

Kirk Gibson was the National League Most Valuable Player in 1988, the first winning outfielder in franchise history for the Dodgers (from Brooklyn or Los Angeles), and the only former MVP to never appear in an All-Star Game . He was actually picked to attend twice (1985 & 1988), but declined both invitations. To this day, he probably remains most famously known not for any of those items, but for his historic home run:
Kirk Gibson Home Run
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Kirk Gibson's 1988 World Series Home Run

Kirk Gibson's historic home run occurred in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series , on October 15, 1988 , at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Gibson, pinch hitting for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth inning, with injuries to both legs, hit a two-run walk-off home run off the Oakland Athletics' Dennis Eckersley that won Game 1

After winning the National League West division, the Dodgers were considered the underdogs throughout the 1988 postseason, first to the New York Mets in the NLCS, then to the A's in the World Series. Gibson, who was not expected to play due to injuries in both legs sustained during the NLCS, was surprisingly inserted as a pinch hitter with the Dodgers trailing 4–3 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Gibson's home run—his only plate appearance of the series—helped the Dodgers defeat the A's, 4 games to 1, securing their sixth World Series title.

Gibson injured both legs during the NLCS and was ill with a stomach virus, and therefore did not start Game 1 . Los Angeles took an early lead on a two-run home run by Mickey Hatcher in the first inning. The next inning, however, Jose Canseco hit a grand slam to give Oakland a two-run lead. Oakland's lead was cut to one run when Mike Scioscia hit an RBI single in the sixth inning that scored Mike Marshall .

Unbeknownst to the fans and the media at the time, Gibson was watching the game on television while undergoing physical therapy in the Dodgers' clubhouse. At some point during the game, television cameras scanned the Dodgers dugout and commentator Vin Scully, working for NBC for the 1988 postseason, observed that Gibson was nowhere to be found. This spurred Gibson to tell Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda that he was available to pinch hit. Gibson immediately returned to the batting cage in the clubhouse to take practice swings.

With a one-run lead, Oakland closer Dennis Eckersley , who led the American League with forty-five saves during the regular season, was brought in to close out the game and seal the win for starter Dave Stewart . Eckersley quickly got Scioscia to pop out to shortstop and struck out Jeff Hamilton . Left-handed pinch hitter Mike Davis followed; if he got on base the next batter due was the pitcher's spot, which would certainly be filled with a pinch hitter. Not wanting the A's to realize that Gibson was available, Lasorda sent Dave Anderson to the on-deck circle during Davis ' plate appearance. A's catcher Ron Hassey got Eckersley's attention and pointed at Anderson on-deck. Eckersley , who had seen Davis hit for power in the American League, decided he would rather pitch around Davis , assuming perhaps that the right-handed hitting Anderson would prove to be the easier out. Instead of risking making a mistake that Davis could hit for a game-tying home run, Eckersley pitched carefully and did in fact walk him.

Instead of sending Anderson to the plate, Lasorda inserted Gibson as his pinch hitter. Gibson hobbled up to the plate with Scully commenting, "Look who's coming up!" Gibson quickly got behind in the count, 0–2, but received two outside pitches from Eckersley and fouled off a pitch to work to a 2–2 count. On the sixth pitch of the at bat – a ball Davis stole second. Lasorda later recounted it was pre-planned that if the count got to two strikes on Gibson, they would have Davis steal second, figuring that A's manager Tony La Russa wouldn't elect to intentionally walk Gibson if there were already two strikes against him. Once Davis was at second, Lasorda was just hoping Gibson could muscle a pitch to the outfield for a game-tying single.

Gibson would later recount that prior to the Series, Dodger scout Mel Didier had provided a report on Eckersley which claimed that with a 3–2 count against a left-handed hitter, one could be absolutely certain that Eckersley would throw a backdoor slider. Gibson said that when the count reached 3–2, he stepped out of the batter's box and, in his mind, could hear Didier's voice, with its distinctive Southern drawl, reiterating that same piece of advice. With that thought in mind, Gibson stepped back into the batter's box; and thus when Eckersley did in fact throw a backdoor slider, it was exactly the pitch Gibson was expecting.

With an awkward, almost casual swing, Gibson used pure upper-body strength to hit the pitch over the right-field fence. He hobbled around the bases and pumped his fist as his jubilant teammates stormed the field. The Dodgers won the game, 5–4.

Gibson would not have another plate appearance in the World Series. The Dodgers went on to defeat the A's in the World Series, 4–1.

The play has since become legendary in the baseball world, and is regarded as one of the greatest home runs of all time. It was voted the "greatest moment in L.A. sports history" in a 1995 poll. Many of the images associated with the home run, particularly Gibson pumping his fist while circling the bases, are often shown in classic highlight reels, usually accompanied by Vin Scully or Jack Buck's call. Though not related to his World Series home run, Gibson would be named the 1988 National League MVP .


Kirk Gibson's Pinch Hit Home Run | 1988 World Series (Game 1) | MLB Advanced Media, L.P.
Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson - who encouraged Gibson to come play for him in Detroit - said, "His personality, his drive, his dedication are unsurpassed. He knew how to make things happen. Gibby gets the highest rating as a player from me." That drive stayed with Gibson when he left the field, ran a successful investment firm, became a coach in Detroit (2003-2005), a coach in Arizona (2007-2010), then the sixth manager in Arizona Diamondbacks history (and their second to win a Manager of the Year Award ).

Last-Modified: March 10, 2020 4:18 PM EST

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