Legends of Sport with Andrew D. Bernstein

Kirk Gibson hit two of the most legendary World Series home runs of all-time and today he takes us back to where it all started and you may be surprised to learn it wasn't on the diamond but on the gridiron where he became one of the top Wide Receiver in the nation at Michigan State. We hear why he pursued a career in baseball instead and the legendary managers he played for, as well as, the players and teams that influenced him. Kirk would stop at nothing to win on the field and today he is fighting a new battle against Parkinson's Disease off of it. Through positive thinking and awareness, Kirk and his foundation are raising money to fight this disease that afflicts so many. If you are interested in donating to this worthwhile organization, you can find more information at Kirkgibsonfoundation.org.

Legends of Sport with Andrew D. Bernstein
00:45:32 3/27/2018

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01:11:11 10/2/2018
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00:59:52 9/25/2018
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D-Fish wasn't the tallest guy on the court nor the most naturally gifted but through hard work and determination, he was able to level the playing field and prove his worth as both a scrappy Point Guard and a leader both on-and-off the court culminating in five NBA Championships and an NBA record 259 playoff games played. Derek's key to success was always knowing his role and when a shot needed to be made at the buzzer, Derek was never afraid to take it. We sit down with Derek this week to discuss a couple of his biggest shots including one of the most well known buzzer beaters in NBA history - a shot that became known as The Point Four. It was Derek's Birthday when we recorded this interview. He turned forty-four years young. A very happy birthday to him from Legends of Sport. Legends of Sport is sponsored by betonline.ag. Go to betonline.ag for all your degenerate gambling needs.
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