January 22nd, 2013

Free Agent Kirk Gibson

January 22, 1988 – As a result of the Players Association’s 1985 collusion suit against the Major League owners, an arbitrator rules seven players “no risk” free agents until 3/1/88, giving them a chance to sign with other clubs even though they have existing contracts. The seven players are Juan Beniquez, Tom Brookens, Kirk Gibson, Carlton Fisk, Donnie Moore, Joe Niekro and Butch Wynegar. The Dodgers sign Gibson and he wins N.L. MVP honors in 1988 and hits a memorable pinch-hit home run coming off the bench against the Oakland Athletics in the World Series.