The name might not ring an immediate bell, but Mike Davis is an important part of Dodgers history. Everyone remembers when Kirk Gibson hobbled to the plate in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. Bottom of the ninth. Two outs. Down by a run with a man on second. Gibson with two bad legs put one over the fence, won the game and the charge for the ’88 title was forged in that unforgettable moment. But, what if there hadn’t been a man on second. Then, Gibby’s home run would have just tied the game. Not nearly as dramatic.
That man on first was Mike Davis. He had worked a walk out of Dennis Eckersley – quite an accomplishment – and then stole second. He was the tying run that allowed Gibson’s long ball to win the game. To relive the drama, watch below. I’ve got it teed up to start right before Mike Davis’s walk.
Oh, and that also means 37 pounds down!