Kirk Gibson Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease
Kirk Gibson has Parkinson's Disease.
The 57-year-old former player and coach revealed his diagnosis on Tuesday by releasing a statement.
"I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles. While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs. With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life. I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible."
Gibson spent more than 15 seasons a big leaguer, playing for the Detroit Tigers, L.A. Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates. He also managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2010-2014. Recently Gibson started working for Fox Sports Detroit offering commentary on Tigers' games, the report says.
Gibson is probably best known for his pinch hit, two-out, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. Not only was Gibson sick that night, he was also dealing with injuries to both legs that left him severely limping. His trip around the bases is regarding as one of the most memorable images in baseball history.