Bottom of the Ninth

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Sleeping Bear Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 159 pages
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A Hollywood story. This unique pictorial autobiography is exciting and inspirational. Kirk Gibson dramatically motivated his teammates to two World Series Champions and numerous other titles. He advocates that anyone who wants to make life changes, profound or not, has the power within himself to do so. Great stories covering his All-American years at Michigan State, through his professional career for the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers tell an exciting tale of real-life drama and of lessons to be learned.

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He Never hit .300. He Never hit 30 Home Runs. He Never had 100 RBI. He Never reached any of that in a single season. However, watching him play in the 80s was like magic for me. My Father often got Tiger tickets throughout the decade. I remember going to several games and usually having seats between home and third base so close to the field. I could not take my eyes off Gibby. Please understand, I'm a fan of the former player, an admirer of a tremendous athlete. Also, I'm a flaming heterosexual!! I love women! Only! But Gibby mesmerized me. From the time he did his crazy stretching routines in left field before the game, until the final out was made, watching#23 was a huge highlight for me. My Dad made it clear to me that his boyhood idol was Al Kaline. He was always telling me how much he loved everything about Mr Tiger, especially the way he played RF. I never saw Gibson not run out a ground ball on the infield and watching him turn a single into a double was a treat, but watching Gibson set up second base before finding another gear to go to third, losing his helmet, and sliding hard into the bag was BEAUTIFUL!!
I'm 43 years old. I did very well as an athlete in both college and high school and for the past several years I have coached ball at both levels. I am always looking for a kid that approaches the game the right way. A player that has so much passion because he loves the game and loves to compete. Players with determination, mental toughness, and the will to get better, the will to win, and most of all the self confidence and belief in himself.
The book the Bottom of the Ninth is terrific. I read it cover to cover within a few days. I suggest it to any person, young or old, boy or girl, or to anyone that simply needs a kick in the Ass! It will get your juices flowing! You will be Motivated!
Anybody that loves sports, and loves to compete, and knows anything about Kirk Gibson will be inspired by Bottom of the Ninth.....Former Tiger Manager, Sparky Andersen, when asked about Kirk Gibson, said simply, "Kirk Gibson is what this game is all about." Read the book, you will understand what Sparky is talking about


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About the author (1997)

Kirk Gibson is one of the best known figures in modern baseball. Born in 1957 in Pontiac, Mich., he attended Michigan State University where he was All-American in both football and baseball. He was drafted by the National Football League in 1979, but chose to play professional baseball instead. He began his career with the Detroit Tigers and joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988. Gibson hit a dramatic home run in that year's World Series to help the Dodgers win the game and, eventually, the series. He was later voted the National League's Most Valuable Player. The ups and downs of Gibson's life, from his memorable homer to the bad knee injuries that threatened to end his career, are chronicled in his book Bottom of the Ninth, which is full of photos and insight into this legendary figure.

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