Gibson says he won’t attend ’84 Tigers reunion

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson won't join his former Tigers teammates at Comerica Park on June 30.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

When the Detroit Tigers celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1984 World Series championship on June 30 at Comerica Park, the guy who capped that remarkable season with one of the most memorable homers in team history will be noticeably missing.

Kirk Gibson, now the manager in Arizona, told, via a team spokesperson, that he will not attend the ’84 reunion, even though his Diamondbacks (31-44) are off that day.

Gibson hit a mammoth three-run homer off San Diego Padres reliever Goose Gossage in the eighth inning of the ’84 Series clincher, giving the Tigers an insurmountable 8-3 lead and their first championship since 1968.

Gibson’s bench coach in Arizona, Alan Trammmell, who was the ’84 Series MVP, confirmed with that he will be at reunion.

After spending his entire career with the Tigers (1977-96), Trammell managed in Detroit from 2003-05, and Gibson was part of his coaching staff.

The Tigers compiled a 186-300 record under Trammell, who was fired after going 71-€“91 in 2005. Gibson also got the ax before the Tigers brought in Jim Leyland as manager for the 2006 season.

Some of the other ’84 Tigers who have committed to attending the reunion are: Dave Rozema, Lou Whitaker, Dan Petry, Darrell Evans, Dave Bergman and Juan Berenguer.

The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive an ’84 replica road jersey. Click here to purchase tickets.