1988 Major League Baseball season

1988 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 4 – October 20, 1988
Number of games162
Number of teams26
TV partner(s)ABC, NBC
Draft
Top draft pickAndy Benes
Picked bySan Diego Padres
Regular season
Season MVPNL: Kirk Gibson (LA)
AL: José Canseco (OAK)
League postseason
AL championsOakland Athletics
  AL runners-upBoston Red Sox
NL championsLos Angeles Dodgers
  NL runners-upNew York Mets
World Series
ChampionsLos Angeles Dodgers
  Runners-upOakland Athletics
World Series MVPOrel Hershiser (LA)
MLB seasons

The 1988 Major League Baseball season ended with the underdog Los Angeles Dodgers shocking the Oakland Athletics, who had won 104 games during the regular season, in the World Series. The most memorable moment of the series came in Game 1, when injured Dodger Kirk Gibson hit a dramatic pinch-hit walk-off home run off Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley to win the game for Los Angeles. The Dodgers went on to win the Series in five games.


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