When MLB Managers Were Players

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Text: Stanley Kay, SI.com
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Kirk Gibson

Kirk Gibson is best remembered for belting one of the greatest home runs in World Series history, a pinch-hit, two-run blast with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-4 victory over Oakland in Game 1. The NL MVP in 1988, Gibson played for three other teams (Detroit, Kansas City and Pittsburgh), winning World Series in 1984 and 1988. As a manager Gibson has shown great potential, taking the Arizona Diamondbacks to the postseason in 2011 and leading the team to .500 records in both 2012 and 2013.

On Saturday March 22 at 4 AM, his D-backs will open their season against the Dodgers at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia, nearly 7,800 miles from Chase Field in Phoenix.

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