Relive the 1988 World Series
Fans can see the classic championship with the boxed DVD set
The Los Angeles Dodgers 1988 World Series Collector's Edition Boxed DVD Set gives fans an opportunity to relive their past and witness some of the greatest moments in baseball history. The Oakland Athletics, featuring the emerging Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco -- otherwise known as the "Bash Brothers" -- were heavily favored over Los Angeles. However, as Vin Scully put it, "the impossible happened."
The seven-disk boxed set, originally priced at $69.95 but now available for $51.95 at the MLB.com shop, includes more than 17 hours of footage. It features the Dodgers' memorable National League Championship Series against the Mets, which set the stage for their title heroics. During the NLCS, Mike Schmidt delivered "Inside Pitch" scouting reports throughout the games. The overwhelming enthusiasm of fans at Shea Stadium in New York and the superb commentary provided by ABC's Sports Presentation opens up a door of memories.
Baseball fans from across the world would love this set, regardless of whether they love or hate the Dodgers. The footage from the 1988 NLCS against the Mets features clips of Dwight Gooden on the mound in his prime. Also, baseball enthusiasts will smile to hear the commentators compare a tall, lanky kid named Darryl Strawberry to baseball legends such as Roger Maris, Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson. It is incredible to see for yourself how the Dodgers (94-67) overcame the odds to defeat a Mets club that had led the NL with a 100-60 record and was seeking a second title in three years.
This boxed set captures the games in all of their glory. The sound quality in all of the recordings is simply phenomenal. In fact, it is possible to hear the crack of the bat when a player smashes a hit. The crystal-clear clarity accompanies this superior audio with rare camera angles from the ubiquitous Goodyear Blimp.
The 1988 World Series will forever be remembered for Kirk Gibson's unforgettable home run in Game 1. Gibson, suffering from hamstring and knee injuries, was "physically unable to start." Although Gibson's appearance was doubtful, Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda sent him into the game as a pinch-hitter when they were losing by two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth against eventual Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley -- the dominant closer of his time.
"You talk about a roll of the dice -- this is it," Scully tells the viewers.
Gibson, in his only at-bat during that World Series, would not let the Dodgers down. He whacked a deep fly ball to right. As the ball sailed over the wall, Jack Buck shouted: "I've seen a lot of dramatic finishes, in a lot of sports, but this one might top almost every other one." This memorable quote has been included exclusively in this set as a bonus as a voiceover of the original NBC recording.
You remember who hit the last home run of that game. But do you remember who opened the scoring with a two-run shot in the first inning? Mickey Hatcher, to deep left. Relive moments like that again, too. Bring back the moments with Steve Sax, Franklin Stubbs, Mike Marshall, John Shelby, Mike Scioscia, Jeff Hamilton, Alfredo Griffin, Alejandro Pena, Tim Belcher and the rest of that Dodgers cast.
Baseball fans also can witness the exceptional pitching of 1988 Cy Young winner Orel Hershiser. Facing one of most formidable offenses of the decade, the Dodgers' ace tossed a shutout in Game 2 of the World Series. Hershiser sealed the Dodgers' championship with another complete game to close out the series in five, and he received the World Series MVP Award.
The Dodgers proved once again the adage that good pitching stops good hitting, by silencing the Bash Brothers throughout the Fall Classic. McGwire and Canseco were unstoppable during the regular season, combining for 74 homers. But the powerful duo only managed two hits during the "California Classic."
Major League Baseball has included many generous bonuses from its vault. The Los Angeles Dodgers 1988 World Series Collector's Edition includes memorable moments of the regular season, including Hershiser's record-breaking, scoreless-inning streak. Perhaps the most memorable bonuses, however, are rare interviews with the Dodgers that make this set a must for true baseball fans.
Marc Hershberg is author of Dodgers Blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.