Mark Martinez © 2013 All Rights Reserved

The 1988 season was a memorable one for the Dodgers as a squad that was picked to finish fourth wound up winning the World Series, beating the heavily favored New York Mets and Oakland Athletics on the way. Kirk Gibson carried the Dodger offense, winning the National League Most Valuable Player Award. Orel Hershiser dominated on the mound, throwing a record 59 consecutive scoreless innings on his way to winning the Cy Young Award. The Dodgers were again heavy underdogs in the World Series against the Oakland Athletics, led by sluggers Mark McGwire and José Canseco. However, the Dodgers won the series in five games thanks to Kirk Gibson's pinch-hit game winning homer in the first game off of Dennis Eckersley and the continued mastery of series MVP Orel Hershiser. I had just turned 8 years old about a month back and I was in my second season of little league. I played LF the same as Gibson. I used to pretend I was him at times. It was due to that memorable moment and Gibson's home run that led me to collect the whole 1988 Los Angeles Dodger starting line up.

                                            -Mark M. FL, USA