Who is only World Series champion player, MLB manager of year & College Football Hall of Fame inductee?
Although his career highlights include being named MVP during his team’s 1988 World Series run with the Dodgers after guiding the Tigers to the 1984 championpship and later being named Manager of the Year, Kirk Gibson holds a unique place in football history.
Gibson is the most awarded professional baseball player enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. Only three MLB players were such football standouts in college that they are in the Hall of Fame; the other two are:
At Michigan State University, Gibson was four-year letterman was voted first-team All-Big Ten and first-team All-America his senior year while helping lead the Spartans to a share of the 1978 Big Ten Championship and a No. 12 national ranking by The Associated Press. In 1978, Gibson had career highs in receptions (42), yards (806) and touchdowns (7). His 806-yard record broke his own record of 748 he set as a sophomore.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver was the first-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers, who took him at No. 12. Gibson had scared off all other teams except the Tigers because he informed them he planned to return to MSU to play football. Undaunted, Detroit still selected the football player, who was an MVP candidate three times for the Tigers and led the 1984 World Series team with his team-high .516 slugging percentage before helping the Los Angeles Dodgers win the 1988 World Series with his dramatic home run.
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