By Zane Miller
On Thursday, October 20th, 1988, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland to win the 85th World Series four games to one. It was the sixth (and as of this writing, most recent) World Series championship for the Dodgers franchise and the sixth that was won in California. These are the top five players that I felt most stood out during the series.
5. #55 Orel Hershiser (Dodgers)- P
Hershiser earned the win in games two and five, as in game two he had a complete game shutout with just three hits and two walks as the Dodgers won 6-0, followed up in game five with another complete game effort, allowing only two earned runs along with four hits and four walks as the Dodgers claimed the series title with the 5-2 victory.
4. #35 Bob Welch (Athletics)- P
Welch pitched his way to player of the game honors in game three, going five innings with just one earned run given up on six hits and three walks as the Athletics went on to win 2-1.
3. #31 John Shelby (Dodgers)- CF
Shelby was game four’s player of the game, getting an RBI along with a hit as the Dodgers claimed the 4-3 victory.
2. #5 Mike Marshall (Dodgers)- RF
Marshall picked up player of the game honors in game two, hitting three RBIs along with a run and two hits in the Dodgers’ 6-0 win.
1. #9 Mickey Hatcher (Dodgers)- LF
Hatcher got player of the game in games one and five, as game one saw him knock in two RBIs on one run, one hit, and one walk as the Dodgers won it 5-4, while in game five he had two RBIs on two runs and two hits as the Dodgers won 5-2 to clinch the series championship.
Players of the Game Breakdown:
Link to stats database: https://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/1988_WS.shtml
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