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A terrific USAToday article that I happened to come across in an airport, on Kirk Gibson's homer from 20 years ago in the world series.

But remember, it never would have happened if Mike Davis had not drawn the two-out walk!

A favorite part:

 

The situation

Lasorda: "Every inning, I would go down and ask, 'How you feeling big boy?' He kept giving me two thumbs down."

Gibson: "In the eighth inning (the TV) spanned the dugout and Vin Scully says something to the effect, 'There will be no Kirk Gibson.' I got out of my chair and said, 'My ass.'

"I put a jock on, a pair of socks, a T-shirt. That was it. I had the bare minimum. I took a couple of swings. I started to kind of brainwash myself, that when I walked out there, there would be a very positive reaction from the crowd and I wouldn't hurt."

Lasorda: "Suddenly the clubhouse boy comes up and says, 'Gibson wants to see you.' "

Gibson: "I remember seeing Tommy waddling up from the dugout. I said, 'Yeah, I can go if you want me to.' He said, 'Damn right, I want you to.' "

Lasorda told Gibson to stay hidden and not get in the on-deck circle, so the A's would never know what was coming. Light-hitting Dave Anderson was on-deck, so Eckersley pitched around Mike Davis. Two out, Davis on, last L.A. chance, and Gibson suddenly appeared, like a rabbit out of Lasorda's Dodger cap.

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