Detroit Tigers Great Kirk Gibson Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease
Legendary Detroit Tiger and former Michigan State standout Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he announced on Tuesday.
“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,” Gibson said in a statement.
“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, 57, is in his first season back with the Tigers organization as one of Fox Sports Detroit’s analysts. He hasn’t been part of a broadcast since Opening Day, though.
Parkinson’s disease is a nervous system disorder that causes muscular tremors, rigidity and impaired movement.
Gibson, originally of Wateford, Mich., played with the Tigers from 1979 until 1987 and again from 1993 to 1995, including the 1984 World Series championship team. His Major League Baseball playing career spanned 17 seasons with four different clubs. He hit 255 career home runs and had a .268 career batting average.
From 2010 to 2014, Gibson managed the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also served on former teammate Alan Trammell’s staff in Detroit from 2003 to 2005.
Gibson was a receiver at Michigan State for four season from 1975 to 1978. He hauled in 112 catches for 2,347 yards and 24 touchdowns in 44 career games.