(This story originally appeared on www.sportscollectorsdaily.com)
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.