ICONIC Spartan Baseball, Football & MLB Star Kirk Gibson Reveals Diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease

Hondo S. Carpenter

ICONIC Spartan Baseball, Football & MLB Star Kirk Gibson Reveals Diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease

He is one of the most ICONIC athletes in MSU football and baseball history and forever immortalized by a World Series Home Run in the history of America's pastime. He has transcended generations now as to my nine year old son, he is simply the father of Spartan baseball star Cam Gibson. However we know him, most sports fans admire him and those that know him certainly do care for him.

Today all of us at Spartan Nation take a moment and ask for your prayers as Kirk fights this bastardly disease. Gibson released this statement today via his employer Fox Sports Detroit:

"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 was a first round draft pick of the Tigers out of MSU in 1978. He was one of the team leaders in taking them to their last World Series win in 1984. Gibby had one of the most ICONIC home runs in World Series history in game one of the 1988 series. After winning the NL MVP playing for the Dodgers he was injured and came in to pinch hit. That game winning dinger (">CLICK HERE TO SEE) off Dennis Eckersley in Game 1 of that fall classic still resonates with fans today.

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