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TBT: Sparky inspires Gibby with “He don’t wanna walk you”


It was Game 5 of the 1984 World Series. San Diego Padres future-HOFer Goose Gossage is on the mound, and up to bat steps Kirk Gibson. This was the deciding game of the series, in which the Tigers capped a magnificent season, but Gibby’s home run was the cherry on top. Before the at-bat, watch as Sparky Anderson gives Gibby a little bit of inspiration, and Gibby does the rest.

Check out the box score here, or relive the magic of the entire game here.

Written by AJ Reilly

A.J. is a lifelong baseball fan and an avid storyteller. His debut novel, The Askren Boys, won the Literary Classics Gold Medal and Seal of Approval in November of 2018. When not writing, he is spending time with his wife Jessica, son Jack, daughter Nora, and new arrival Teddy. A.J. lives in Metro Detroit.

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