{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Gibson remembers Williams from Series

Gibson remembers Williams from Series

|
Gibson remembers Williams from Series
ST. LOUIS -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson will be forever linked to Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams.

Williams, who took three different teams to the World Series, died on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 82.

Williams was the Padres manager during the 1984 World Series against the Tigers, when Gibson was Detroit's starting right fielder.

In the deciding Game 6, Gibson strolled to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning with two men on base and the Tigers leading, 5-4. Gibson had homered earlier in the game and Williams visited the mound to chat with reliever Goose Gossage. Williams wanted to intentionally walk Gibson, but Gossage talked the manager into letting him pitch to Gibson. The decision backfired, though, and Gibson launched a three-run home run that clinched the series for Detroit.

"Maybe that should be a lesson to me as a manager," Gibson said on Thursday.

Gibson has fond memories of the 1984 World Series and had nothing but high praise for Williams prior to Thursday's game against the Cardinals.

"He was certainly a quality individual for the game of baseball," Gibson said. "He's given a lot to the game."

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español