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July 31, 2012 | By Andrew L. John
Throughout his playing career, Kirk Gibson shunned the spotlight. Twice, he even turned down invites to the All-Star Game. So when the Dodgers decided to make Tuesday "Kirk Gibson Bobblehead Night," Gibson wasn't necessarily thrilled with the idea. “I think it's totally ridiculous,” said Gibson, who is in town as the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers face the Diamondbacks on Tuesday and Wednesday. “It's not my style, to be honest with you," Gibson said.
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December 31, 2013 | Gary Klein and Chris Dufresne
Stanford is in the Rose Bowl for the second consecutive year, Michigan State for the first time since 1988. Staff writers Gary Klein and Chris Dufresne examine some of the story lines in the 100th Rose Bowl game: Spartan contributions Los Angeles would still be "Tinsel Town" without the contributions of Michigan State, but it would be less a "title town. " Three former Michigan State players have helped L.A. to seven total professional championships. Michigan State gave us Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who led the Lakers to five NBA titles.
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September 11, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Was going to do all that wizardry that goes into the crafting of fine stories on Kirk Gibson's nearly 20-minute interview on his historic World Series home run. But realizing most followers of the team can never get enough of that 1988 moment, here is most of the nearly 20-minute interview presented pretty much unedited: On walking into Dodger Stadium and seeing video of his game-winning home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series: “When I...
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December 9, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - There is bad blood between the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks, so Kirk Gibson, a World Series hero with the Dodgers who is now manager of the Diamondbacks, faced an obvious question Monday at baseball's winter meetings: What are the chances of a brawl when the teams meet for a season-opening series in Australia? Gibson didn't want to talk about it. "Our focus is on trying to win a game," he said. The teams share a violent history that reached its apex in June, when they were part of a particularly savage bench-clearing incident at Dodger Stadium.
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November 22, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Your browser does not support iframes. They're huffing and puffing over in Arizona again. They must like to do that in the desert. Guess there's nothing much else to but sweat. The Diamondbacks must really, really want a rivalry with the Dodgers. Must be good box office. Last time we saw the Diamondbacks, they had their panties in snit because several of the Dodgers celebrated capturing the National League West in Phoenix by jumping into the swimming pool at Chase Field.
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January 30, 1988 | ROSS NEWHAN, Times Staff Writer
Rewarded recently with a second shot at free agency, Kirk Gibson emerged with a reward of another kind Friday night. He agreed to a three-year, $4.5-million contract with the Dodgers after his agent, Doug Baldwin, and the Dodgers' top echelon spent several hours ironing out modifications in two controversial contract clauses. The bottom line is that Gibson, 31 in May, gave up a $1.
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December 9, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - There is bad blood between the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks, so Kirk Gibson, a World Series hero with the Dodgers who is now manager of the Diamondbacks, faced an obvious question Monday at baseball's winter meetings: What are the chances of a brawl when the teams meet for a season-opening series in Australia? Gibson didn't want to talk about it. "Our focus is on trying to win a game," he said. The teams share a violent history that reached its apex in June, when they were part of a particularly savage bench-clearing incident at Dodger Stadium.
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July 13, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Phoenix — Kirk Gibson did not take losing lightly during his playing career, and he wasn't about to take it lightly as a manager. So when Justin Upton and his .241 batting average were summoned into Gibson's office in Houston seven weeks into the season, there was every reason to expect the worst. But instead of getting kicked around, Upton got a pat on the back. Instead of being brusquely challenged to produce, he was calmly asked to relax. "He told me I was pressing.
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December 22, 1985 | Associated Press
Detroit Tigers outfielder Kirk Gibson and his best friend, former Tiger and now Texas Ranger pitcher Dave Rozema, married sisters from suburban Detroit Saturday. Gibson, 28, who is an unsigned free-agent right fielder, married JoAnn Sklarski. Rozema, 29, who played with Gibson on the Tigers from 1979 through 1984 before joining the Rangers last season, married Sandy Sklarski. The Sklarski sisters are from Mount Clemens. The double ceremony at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church began at 4:30 p.m.
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February 11, 1993 | Associated Press
The Detroit Tigers welcomed back Kirk Gibson on Wednesday, signing him to a one-year contract. Terms were not disclosed. Gibson, who will be 36 in May, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Tigers, signing as a first-round draft choice in 1978 after playing baseball and football at Michigan State. He helped the team win its last World Series, in 1984, hitting two home runs in the fifth and deciding game against the San Diego Padres.
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November 22, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Your browser does not support iframes. They're huffing and puffing over in Arizona again. They must like to do that in the desert. Guess there's nothing much else to but sweat. The Diamondbacks must really, really want a rivalry with the Dodgers. Must be good box office. Last time we saw the Diamondbacks, they had their panties in snit because several of the Dodgers celebrated capturing the National League West in Phoenix by jumping into the swimming pool at Chase Field.
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October 9, 2013 | By Bill Plaschke
The silly swimming pool incident isn't even dry yet and, still, the Arizona Diamondbacks recklessly insist on jumping back into the deep end with the Dodgers.  This time, it's Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers essentially saying that his pitchers should have thrown at the Dodgers this past season, and intimated they will be punished if they don't retaliate next year. Towers told Arizona Sports 620 on Tuesday that he was so angry when the Dodgers were playfully eating bananas in their dugout during a Sept.
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September 11, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Was going to do all that wizardry that goes into the crafting of fine stories on Kirk Gibson's nearly 20-minute interview on his historic World Series home run. But realizing most followers of the team can never get enough of that 1988 moment, here is most of the nearly 20-minute interview presented pretty much unedited: On walking into Dodger Stadium and seeing video of his game-winning home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series: “When I...
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September 10, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
With the Arizona Diamondbacks in town this week, the Dodgers asked the visiting manager to speak about a home run he hit 25 years ago at a Tuesday news conference. Kirk Gibson's home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series is the most famous home run in Dodgers history. But images of Gibson limping around the bases and pumping his fist are also a constant reminder that the Dodgers haven't won a championship since then. The Dodgers could be moving closer to providing a new generation of fans with October memories of their own. The team's magic number to win the National League West is down to six after pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke's 11th-inning, two-run, walk-off home run, giving L.A. a 5-3 victory over the second-place Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium.
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August 24, 2013
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? HITTERS Mike Scioscia - Manager of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Franklin Stubbs - Hitting coach, triple-A Albuquerque. Steve Sax - First-base coach, Arizona Diamondbacks. Alfredo Griffin - First-base coach, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Jeff Hamilton - Mortgage banker, Fenton, Mich. Kirk Gibson - Manager, Arizona Diamondbacks. John Shelby - Coach, Milwaukee Brewers Mike Marshall - Commissioner, Pacific Assn. independent league.
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August 19, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The straight line from cheater to victim in baseball's drug world is muddied. It shouldn't be, so let's put the boots on and wade in. John Lackey, the former Angels star pitcher who now toils in Boston with the Red Sox, crossed that bridge a few days ago. With defiance. The Red Sox hate the Yankees, and vice versa. As the teams headed into a key, late-season series, Lackey told reporters the continued presence of Alex Rodriguez in a Yankees uniform, while appealing his 211-day suspension because of new allegations of drug use, did not sit well with him. "I've got a problem with it; you bet I do," Lackey said.
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October 20, 1990
I found your story (Oct. 17) on Kirk Gibson to be unfair. It is particularly surprising because it appears during the World Series--almost exactly on the anniversary of Gibson's unforgettable Game 1 home run in 1988, the fans' centennial selection for the greatest moment in Dodger history. What also astonishes is the seemingly one-sided viewpoint. In what context did Gibson's agent state that Gibson would not return to the Dodgers unless there are "personnel moves" on the club?
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November 27, 1990 | From Associated Press
Slugger Kirk Gibson, shopping for offers as a free agent, has a chance to return to the American League with the Kansas City Royals. "We'd love to have him," Royals General Manager Herk Robinson said Monday, confirming that the team has offered Gibson a contract. "I think Kirk would like to play here, but now it's a matter of working out terms and conditions. "To sign a free agent you still have to outbid 25 other teams, so you can't be certain of anything until a deal is made," Robinson said.
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August 18, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
A quarter of a century later, the grown batboy holds up his arm as evidence. "Just talking about it still gives me goose bumps," Mitch Poole says. The lost slugger runs his hands through his graying hair. "Even now, it's hard to believe I was really part of that," Mike Davis says. The old scout wraps a wrinkled finger around a World Series ring. "Pardner, this is staying on me till the day I die," Mel Didier says. On Oct. 15, 1988, the Dodgers' sore-legged Kirk Gibson limped to home plate in the ninth inning and hit a two-run, game-winning home run against a seemingly unhittable Dennis Eckersley of the Oakland Athletics in the first game of the World Series.
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June 12, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The brawl between the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night was pretty eventful, as baseball fights go, with Dodgers batting coach Mark McGwire taking on Arizona Manager Kirk Gibson and batting coach Matt Williams, Dodgers pitcher J.P. Howell shoving Arizona coach Turner Ward over a railing and Yasiel Puig squaring off with Eric Hinske. The altercation ensued after Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy hit Puig and Zack Greinke in the head with pitches, violating a cardinal rule in baseball: Never throw at someone's head.
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