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"Gibby" was one of the most dominating pitchers of his time.  Once he crossed the white lines he was all business.  An amazing competitive spirit led him to numerous individual, team and World Series records.  His 1.12 ERA in 1968, now more than 30 years later, is still an unbelievable feat!!!

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"I owe the public just one thing -- a good performance."  -- Bob

 

The Sporting News has ranked Bob number 31 in their list of the top 100 greatest players of all time!!!!

 

Sports Illustrated - 7/19/1993 - Bob Gibson        Hall of Fame plaque - Bob Gibson

 

1976 Strike Zone by Bob Gibson (SGA)

 

 

 

Career Highlights

    -  Debut:  4/15/1959    ---   Final game:  9/3/1975    (Career summary)

    -  Cy Young winner, 1968 & 1970

    -  Elected to the Hall of Fame, 1981

    -  Selected to the All-Star game 7 times

    -  Is the only MLB pitcher to win 7 straight World Series starts (1964 - 5 & 7, 1967 - all three games, 1968 - 1 & 4)

    -  Ranks second in NL history for most seasons with 200 or more strikeouts, 9.

    -  NL MVP in 1968

    -  World Series MVP, 1964 & 1967

    -  Cardinals retire Bob's #45 uniform in 1975.

    - 9 consecutive Gold Gloves.  (1965-1973)

    - 10 Opening Day starts.

 

Team Records:

    -  Most Career Shutouts: 56 (1959-75)

    -  Most Career Wins: 251

    -  Most Career Strikeouts: 3,117

    -  Most Complete Games: 255

    -  Most Innings Pitched: 3885

    -  Most Season Shutouts: 13 (1968)

    -  Most Season Strikeouts: 274 (1970)

    -  Lowest Season ERA: 1.12 (1968)

    - Starts: 1st (482)

    - Games pitched: 2nd (528)

 

World Series Records:

    -  Most Strikeouts, Series -- 35 (1968) (seven games)

    -  Most Strikeouts, Game -- 17 (1968) (game 1)

 

MLB Videos

- Cardinals Retire #45

- Gibson strikes out 17 in Game 1 of the 68 WS

- TBS Hot Corner - Pride of October

- Bob Gibson with Costas and McCarver

- HOF Bio

- 2011 Opening day!

 

Career Pitching Stats:

Year W-L ERA G GS GC SHO IP H BB SO
1959 3-5 3.33 13 9 2 1 75.2 77 39 48
1960 3-6 5.61 27 12 2 0 86.2 97 48 69
1961 13-12 3.24 35 27 10 2 211.1 186 119 166
1962 15-13 2.85 32 30 15 5 233.2 174 95 208
1963 18-9 3.39 36 33 14 5 254.2 224 96 204
1964 19-12 3.01 40 36 17 2 287.1 250 86 245
1965 20-12 3.07 38 36 20 6 299 243 103 270
1966 13-7 2.44 35 35 20 5 280.1 210 78 225
1967 13-7 2.98 24 24 10 2 175.1 151 40 147
1968 22-9 1.12 34 34 28 13 304.2 198 62 268
1969 20-13 2.18 35 35 28 4 314 251 95 269
1970 23-7 3.12 34 34 23 3 294 262 88 274
1971 16-13 3.04 31 31 20 5 246 215 76 185
1972 19-11 2.46 34 34 23 4 278 226 88 205
1973 12-10 2.77 25 25 13 1 195 159 57 142
1974 11-13 3.83 33 33 9 1 240 236 104 129
1975 3-10 5.04 22 14 1 0 109 120 62 60
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Totals: 251-174 2.91 528 482 255 56 3884.2 3279 1336 3117

 

Career Strikeout leaders: (as of 1/21/2013)

1. Nolan Ryan 5714
2. Randy Johnson 4875
3. Roger Clemens 4672
4. Steve Carlton 4136
5. Bert Blyleven 3701
6. Tom Seaver 3640
7. Don Sutton 3574
8. Gaylord Perry 3534
9. Walter Johnson 3508
10. Greg Maddux 3371
11. Phil Niekro 3342
12. Ferguson Jenkins 3192
13. Pedro Martinez 3154
14. Bob Gibson 3117
15. Curt Schilling 3116
16. John Smoltz 3084
17. Jim Bunning 2855
18. Micky Lolich 2832
19. Mike Mussina 2813
20. Cy Young 2803
21. Frank Tanana 2773
22. David Cone 2668
23. Chuck Finley 2610
24. Tom Glavine 2607
25. Warren Spahn 2583

 

They said it... Fun facts:

At age 35, Bob finally throws his first career no-hitter, 11-0 over the Pirates.  He strikes out Willie Stargell for the final out.

"I've played a couple of hundred games of tick-tac-toe with my little daughter and she hasn't beaten me yet.   I've always had to win.  I've got to win."

"When I gave up a grand slam to Pete LaCock, I knew it was time to quit."

"A great catch is like watching girls go by... the last one you see is always the prettiest."

"Bob Gibson is the luckiest pitcher I've ever seen.  He always pitches on the day the other team doesn't score any runs."  --  Tim McCarver

"The only thing you know about pitching is that you can't hit it."  -- Bob to Tim McCarver

"Bob Gibson pitches as though he's double parked." -- Vin Scully

It didn't make any difference to Bob that it was a spring training game when the Pirates' Frank Traveras beat out a two-strike bunt.  On his next at-bat, Bob hit him with a fastball.

The longest streak of consecutive wins by a Cardinal pitcher is 15, by Bob in 1968.

During his remarkable 1968 season, Bob pitched a span of 92 innings in June and July in which he allowed two runs, one of which scored on a wild pitch.

"It's a shame it had to end that way, but I'm not disappointed. We won."  Bob reflecting on the wild pitch that ended his 47 2/3rds consecutive scoreless innings.

"He couldn't pitch today because they wouldn't let him.  The way he'd throw inside, he'd be kicked out of the game in the first inning, along with guys like Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax."    -- Red Schoendienst

In June 1968 Bob hurled his fifth straight shutout, a four-hit, 3-0 victory over the hard-hitting Pirates.  He is in the midst of an incredible string of 99 innings in which he gives up just two runs - one on a wild pitch, the other on a bloop double that is fair by inches.

Bob is the only Cardinals player in franchise history to strike out four batters in a single inning.  (6/7/66, Pirates)

Bob pitched three complete-game victories in the 1967 World Series.

Bob is the only Cardinals pitcher to hit two career grand-slams.

In Gibson's first full year, he walk 5.07 batters per nine innings, and ended up 13-12 on the season.

Bob played himself in the 1968 episode of the TV show Gentle Ben.  ("Batter Up", Season 1, Episode 21)

 

1994 St. Louis Cardinals GameDay Magazine Issue #7

 

Bob's links:

St. Louis Walk of Fame

MLB Hall of Fame

        Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

Baseball Library

The Baseball Page

Baseball Reference

Baseball Almanac

ESPN Classic

 

1964 Topps Giant - Bob Gibson    Collect-a-Books - Bob Gibson

 

  1992 Upper Deck Ltd Edition St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Heros (SGA)

   EM-BG2 2006 Upper Deck Epic Materials - Bob Gibson        #29 1969 Topps "Deckle" - Bob Gibson

#163 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heros - Bob Gibson    ATL-18 2006 Upper Deck All-Time Legends - Bob Gibson

#81 2001 Upper Deck Hall of Records - Bob Gibson    #75 2001 Upper Deck Hall of Famers - Bob Gibson

#88 2003 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic - Bob Gibson        #11 2004 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts - Bob Gibson

#34 2004 Upper Deck Timeless Teams Memorable Moments - Bob Gibson        #1 2004 Upper Deck Timeless Teams - Bob Gibson

#18 2004 Upper Deck Timeless Teams - Bob Gibson        #8 2001 Upper Deck Cooperstown Collection Hall of Famers - Bob Gibson

1991 St. Louis Cardinals - SportsFlics - Kelloggs - Bob Gibson        1992 McDonalds 100th Anniversary All-Time Team - #46

 

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Sources:

   The Cardinals Fan's Little Book of Wisdom/ Rob Rains / 1994

   -  Cardinals Magazine/September 1994

   -  Cardinals Gameday Magazine/March 1998

 

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