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Raised in Waterford, Michigan, Kirk Gibson was a star football player at Waterford Kettering High School and would go on to became an All-American wide receiver at Michigan State University, during which time he helped Michigan capture a Big 10 Championship. At the suggestion of Spartan head coach Darryl Rogers, Gibson decided to try playing collegiate football. His lone season of playing baseball for Michigan State led him to be drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 1st round of the 1978 MLB Draft. Also drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 7th round of the 1979 NFL Draft, Gibson chose to play baseball. An outfielder known for hitting clutch homeruns, Gibson would play 8 seasons with the Tigers. Gibson was on the Tigers team that won the 1984 World Series, winning World Series MVP that year. After the Tigers lost the 1987 World Series to the Minnesota Twins, Gibson joined the Los Angeles Dodgers. He would win his 2nd World Series with the Dodgers in 1988 and won the Silver Slugger Award that year. After stints with the Kansas City Royals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gibson returned to the Tigers in 1993. Gibson retired from baseball as a member of the Tigers in 1995. In retirement, Gibson served as a broadcaster for FSN Detroit from 1998-2003. In 2003, Gibson became the Tigers Bench coach. In 2007, Gibson joined the Arizona Diamondbacks as their bench coach and would later serve as their manager from 2010 to 2014. Currently, Gibson is a color commentator for the Tigers on Fox Sports Detroit.

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