Bob Gibson was simply one of the most intimidating right-handers in the history of the game. During his 17 years pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals he won 20 or more games 5 times. He had a career mark of 251-174 with 56 shutouts and 255 complete games while striking out 3,117 batters. He pitched a no-hitter in 1971, and posted a lifetime 2.91 ERA. He was named NL Cy Young Award winner twice, in 1968 when he dominated NL batters with a 22-9 record, 268 K’s and a remarkable 1.12 ERA, while pitching 13 shutouts, and in 1970 with a 23-7 mark with 274 strikeouts. He was a member of the NL All-Star squad 8 times and won 9 consecutive Gold Glove Awards. Gibby was also named the NL MVP in 1968. He helped the Cardinals reach the World Series 3 times, winning championships in 1964 and 1967 and was named series MVP both years. He set a World Series record in Game 1 of the 1968 Series by striking out 17 Detroit Tigers, and was one of the most prolific performers in Series history with a 7-2 record, 1.89 ERA and 92 K’s in 81 innings pitched while also hitting 2 homers of his own. His #45 was retired by the Redbirds in 1975, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981.
October 19, 2014