1988 World Series

1988 World Series
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Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
Los Angeles Dodgers (4) Tommy Lasorda 94–67, .584, GA: 7
Oakland Athletics (1) Tony La Russa 104–58, .642, GA: 13
DatesOctober 15–20
VenueDodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
Oakland Coliseum (Oakland)
MVPOrel Hershiser (Los Angeles)
UmpiresDoug Harvey (NL), Durwood Merrill (AL), Bruce Froemming (NL), Derryl Cousins (AL), Jerry Crawford (NL), Larry McCoy (AL)
Hall of FamersUmpire:
Doug Harvey
Tommy Lasorda (manager)
Tony La Russa (manager)
Dennis Eckersley
TV announcersVin Scully and Joe Garagiola
Radio announcersJack Buck and Bill White
Ross Porter and Don Drysdale (KABC)
Bill King and Lon Simmons (KSFO)
ALCSOakland Athletics over Boston Red Sox (4–0)
NLCSLos Angeles Dodgers over New York Mets (4–3)
World Series Program
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The 1988 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 1988 season. The 85th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff played between the American League (AL) champion Oakland Athletics and the National League (NL) champion Los Angeles Dodgers, with the Dodgers upsetting the heavily favored Athletics to win the Series in five games.

The series is best known for the Game 1 pinch-hit walk-off home run by star Dodgers outfielder Kirk Gibson, who did not start and could barely walk due to a leg injury yet hit the winning homer against Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley. Although Gibson's homer has become an iconic World Series moment, it was World Series MVP Orel Hershiser who capped a dominant 1988 season in which he set the all time scoreless inning streak at 59 innings, recorded five straight shutouts, led the league with 23 wins and 267 innings, and won the Cy Young and Gold Glove awards. Hershiser was the NL Championship Series MVP, starting three games, getting the save for Game 4, and shutting out the Mets in Game 7. In the World Series, he shut out the A's in Game 2, and pitched a two-run, complete game in the decisive Game 5 victory.

The Dodgers won the NL West division by seven games over the Cincinnati Reds, then upset the New York Mets, 4 games to 3, in the NLCS. The Athletics won the AL West division by 13 games over the Minnesota Twins, then swept the Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 0, in the AL Championship Series.

The Dodgers were the only MLB team to win more than one World Series title in the 1980s, as they had previously won the championship in 1981. Their victory also broke a 10-year streak in which 10 different major league ballclubs won a World Series with no repeat winners.[1]

  1. ^ Paul (March 1, 2012). High Fives, Pennant Drives, and Fernandomania: A Fan's History of the Los Angeles Dodgers' Glory Years (1977-1981). Santa Monica Press. ISBN 9781595808530 – via Google Books.

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