When most baseball fans think back to the 1988 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics, they probably remember Kirk Gibson’s dramatic home run off Dennis Eckersley, Orel Hershiser’s shutout streak and dominant postseason pitching that got them there, or perhaps the fact that it remains, to this day, the last World Championship for the Dodgers.
In The 1988 Dodgers: Reliving the Championship Season, K. P. Wee tells the story of this incredible year. More than just Gibson or Hershiser, the team’s success came from a true collective effort in which all 25 players on the roster made significant contributions throughout the season. Featuring dozens of interviews with playersincluding those lesser-known Dodgers who were just as important to the team as the starscoaches, scouts, and general manager Fred Claire, Wee provides a refreshing view of the 1988 season, sharing personal stories and little-known anecdotes told to him by the players and staff. The players also reflect on the importance of the entire team that season, their careers following the World Championship, and life after baseball, giving readers a complete inside look at a season and team to remember.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
K. P. Wee is the author of multiple sports books, including Tom Candiotti: A Life of Knuckleballs (2014), The End of the Montreal Jinx: Boston’s Short-Lived Glory in the Historic Bruins-Canadiens Rivalry (2015), and Don’t Blame the Knuckleballer: Baseball Legends, Myths, and Stories (2015). He was a media relations assistant for the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club and hosted a radio show every week in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
Table of Contents
Part One: The 1988 Season
1: Spring Training ’88: The Gibson-Orosco Incident
2: The Stuntmen of L.A.
3: The Forgotten Guys
4: Regular-Season Memories
5: Hershiser’s Consecutive Scoreless Innings Streak
Part Two: The Mets Series
6: Mets Series Moments: More Mets Magic
7: Scioscia’s Forgotten Homerand the Forgotten Holton
8: Tommy the Motivational Leader
Part Three: The A’s Series
9: Gibson’s Home Run
10: Scout’s Honor: The Dodgers Scouts Come Through
11: A’s Series Moments
12: Claire the Architect
Part Four: After 1988
13: Saying Goodbye to L.A.
14: Gone Too Soon: The Forgotten Reliever and All-Star Infielder
15: Talking Rings & What ’88 Means
16: Where Are They Now?
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