Kirk Gibson to auction off historic home run bat

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson is going to auction off the bat he used to hit his dramatic 1988 World Series home run.

The former Los Angeles Dodgers slugger also announced he will auction off his batting helmet, home and road uniforms, World Series trophy and most valuable player award from that season.

Proceeds from the sale of the World Series trophy and MVP award will go to the Kirk Gibson Foundation to support Michigan State athletics and help fund partial scholarships at the two high schools where Gibson's parents taught.

The then-injured Gibson could barely walk at the time he hit a home run for the Dodgers off Oakland's Dennis Eckersley in Game 1 of the 1988 series.

It's considered one of the most dramatic moments in World Series history.

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