» June 8, 1978: Bob Horner, the College Player of the Year, is selected first in the free-agent draft by the Braves. Horner will skip the minors and debut on June 16 with a homer in his first game, off Blyleven. The Blue Jays make Lloyd Moseby the 2nd selection. The Yankees, with three first-round selections awarded as compensation in player signings, pick Rex Hudler, Matt Winters, and Brian Ryder. On the 23rd round they take a Clearwater RHP named Howard Johnson, who will make the ML as an infielder. MSU's Kirk Gibson, who most teams assume will play football, lasts until the 12th overall pick when his hometown Tigers take him. He signs for $200,000 and promises to drop football. Kent Hrbek lasts until the 17th round, and Ryne Sandberg goes the Phils on the 20th round. Besides Horner, three other draft picks, all high schoolers, will jump directly to the majors after signing: the A's Mike Morgan (June 11); Blue Jays Brian Milner (June 23) and the A's Tim Conroy (June 23).
» April 22, 1984: The Tigers roll over the White Sox, 91, with Kirk Gibson hitting his 4th homer of the year in the first inning. Juan Berenguer goes seven innings for the win, with Aurelio Lopez and Willie Hernandez finishing up for Detroit. Chicago finishes up with 1B Mike Squires on the mound for the last batter.
» April 27, 1984: Mike Hargrove's bases-loaded double in the top of the 19th inning leads Cleveland to an 84 win over Detroit in a game that takes five hours and 44 minutes to complete. The game at Detroit ends at 1:19 a.m. None of the runs in the 19th are earned as the Tigers make three errors, two by Glenn Abbott and a dropped fly by Kirk Gibson. It is only the 2nd loss of the season for the 162 Tigers.
» May 30, 1984: Kirk Gibson's 9th inning homer, off Steve McCatty, gives the Tigers a 21 squeaker over the A's. Reliever Willie Hernandez is the winner.
» June 10, 1984:
At Baltimore the Tigers sweep two from the O's, winning 104 and 80, before 51,764 fans. Kirk Gibson has six hits and six RBIs in the two games, while Alan Trammell and Howard Johnson each have five hits. Reliever Doug Bair wins the opener and Dan Petry allows just three hits in the nitecap win. Detroit now leads by seven games.
» June 18, 1984: With 40,315 on hand in Detroit, Phil Niekro (103) stops the Tigers on three hits, 21. Kirk Gibson's homer in the first is the only score, while Don Mattingly's double in the 5th drives in the game-winner for New York.
» June 29, 1984: Twins rookie Andre David hits a 2-run home run off Jack Morris in his first ML at bat to spark Minnesota to a 53 win over Detroit before 44,619. It is the only home run David will hit in the big leagues and stops Morris' 11-game win streak over the Twins. Detroit win the nitecap, 75, as Kirk Gibson starts the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 1st and ends it with a two-run homer in the 9th. The Tigers also score in the second on back to back homers by Chet Lemon and Rupert Jones.
» July 5, 1984: Down 41 with two outs in the 9th, the visiting Tigers score six runs to beat the Rangers, 74. Lou Whitaker's bases loaded single scores two, Alan Trammell's single scores another, and Kirk Gibson seals it with a three run shot down the RF line. Charlie Hough is the loser, while reliever Aurelio Lopez goes 70.
» July 13, 1984: At Minnesota, Detroit tops the Twins, 53, when Lou Whitaker bloops an inside the park homer to win it. Detroit sends it to extra innings when RF Kirk Gibson throws out Tim Teufel at home with two out in the 9th. Willie Hernandez (50) is the winner.
» August 18, 1984: Detroit's Juan Berenguer goes eight 1/3 innings and strikes out 12 to give the Tigers a 43 victory over the Mariners. Kirk Gibson drives in three runs with his 20th homer of the year, and becomes the first Tiger ever to reach 20-20 in homers and steals. Gibson's homer is his 15th game-winning RBI this year.
» August 26, 1984: In Anaheim, the Tigers use the long ball to beat the Angels, 126. Kirk Gibson has two homers and four runs scored, Marty Castillo, hits a homer and scores three times, and Chet Lemon belts his first grand slam ever. Tommy John goes just two 2/3 inning in losing to Milt Wilcox (157). Detroit leads the East by 12 games.
» September 7, 1984:
Down 40 in the 8th, the Tigers score four runs -- three on a homer by Kirk Gibson -- to tie the Blue Jays in Toronto. In the 10th, Dave Bergman cracks a 3-run homer and the Tigers win, 74. Willie Hernandez (92) wins with three innings of shutout relief. The Tigers lead the American League East by nine 1/2 games.
» September 11, 1984: At Baltimore, the Tigers cut their magic number to seven with a 92 clipping of the Orioles. Darrell Evans has four hits including a homer. Larry Herndon follows Evans' homer with one of his own, while Kirk Gibson has three hits and his 27th steal. Dan Petry wins his 17th. The Tigers pass the two million mark in road attendance tonight and become the fifth team in American League history to go over that mark at home and on the road.
» October 14, 1984: Series MVP Kirk Gibson blasts two upper-deck home runs at Tiger Stadium in game 5, including a 3-run shot off Rich Gossage in the 8th inning, to lead Detroit to an 84 win and its first World Championship since 1968.
» April 7, 1986: On Opening Day at Tiger Stadium, Boston's Dwight Evans achieves a ML first by hitting a home run off Jack Morris on the first pitch of the entire season. But Detroit's Kirk Gibson later hits two homers of his own, adds two singles and drives in five runs to lead the Tigers to a 65 victory.
» April 22, 1986: Detroit's Kirk Gibson sprains his ankle when his foot slips off the bag at Fenway. He'll be out till June 3. The Red Sox win today, 64, behind Roger Clemens (30).
» August 3, 1986:
At Comiskey Park, Russ Morman homers and singles in the 4th inning in his first ML game as the Sox beat the Tigers, 101. He ties Billy Martin's debut with his two hits in one inning. A Kirk Gibson homer is the only score for Detroit, while Harold Baines and Carlton Fisk add homers for Chicago.
» January 22, 1988: As a result of the Players' Association's 1985 collusion suit against the owners, arbitrator Thomas Roberts declares seven players no-risk free agents until March 1st, giving them a chance to sign with other clubs despite already having contracts. The seven are Kirk Gibson, Carlton Fisk, Donnie Moore, Joe Niekro, Butch Wynegar, Tom Brookens, and Juan Beniquez.
» January 29, 1988: Detroit's Kirk Gibson signs a 3-year contract with the Dodgers. Gibson will be the only one of the seven no-risk free agents to change clubs.
» October 9, 1988:
Mike Scioscia's 9th-inning 2-run home run ties the game, and Kirk Gibson's game-winner in the 12th gives the Dodgers a 5-4 win.
» October 15, 1988: In one of the most improbable finishes in World Series history, pinch hitter Kirk Gibson hits a 2-run home run off Dennis Eckersley with two out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Dodgers a 54 win in game one. The injured Gibson was not expected to play in the NLCS, and will not play again in the Series. It is the first World Series game to end on a home run since game six in 1975.
» November 15, 1988: Dodgers OF Kirk Gibson wins the National League MVP Award, edging Mets Darryl Strawberry and Kevin McReynolds. Gibson hit .290 with 25 home runs and just 76 RBI.
» March 10, 1992: Pirates get OF Kirk Gibson from the Royals in exchange for P Neal Heaton.
» October 18, 1992: The Blue Jays even the World Series with a 54 win over the Braves. Pinch-hitter Ed Sprague's 2run home run in the top of the 9th proves to be the margin of victory, marking just the 2nd time in World Series history that a 9th-inning home run turns a losing margin into a winning one. The other was Kirk Gibson's homer in the 1988 Series.
» June 6, 1993:
Tigers defeat the Angels, 11-4. In the course of the game, they pull off a rare feat by hitting for the cycle in a 4-hitter span. With one out in the 3rd inning, Travis Fryman singles, Cecil Fielder homers, Kirk Gibson doubles, and Chad Kreuter triples. Of the five California pitchers to take the mound, the only one to retire Detroit in order is IF Rene Gonzalez, who has not pitched since American Legion ball.
» June 11, 1994: Detroit defeats California by a score of 11-5 as OF Kirk Gibson drives home seven of the runs on a pair of homers.
» May 28, 1995: In a 1412 White Sox win, the Tigers and Chicago combine to hit 12 home runs7 by the Tigersand 21 extra-base hits to set a major league and American League mark, respectively. The 2-teams combine to set a ML for extra bases on long hits (45), with Detroit contributing 24. The Sox start rookie James Baldwin (25 hits, 15 runs in 13.1 innings) and Detroit remainders him with a leadoff home run by Chad Curtis, a walk, single and 3-run homer by Cecil Fielder. Curtis and Fielder each homer in the 2nd to finish the rookie. The Sox sink David Wells with successive homers in the 4th by Durham, Karkovice, and Grebeck. Cecil Fielder, Chad Curtis, Kirk Gibson, and Ron Karkovice each homer twice, setting another AL mark for the most players with two home runs in a game. Ray Durham, Craig Grebeck, Frank Thomas, and Lou Whitaker also connect for 4-baggers. Detroit's Danny Bautista, anxious to join the home run derby, fans five times (on 18 pitches) in six at bats to tie another mark for a nine inning game
» August 11, 1995: Kirk Gibson and Steve Bedrosian announce their retirements.