After battling with pancreatic cancer for more than a year, Hall of Fame Cardinal pitcher Bob Gibson dies at 84. His death was confirmed by The Cardinals last Friday night. The statement came soon after the Cardinals were defeated by the Padres in the playoffs.
Legendary Baseball Player Bob Gibson Dies at 84
Manager Mike Shildt said. “When it rains, it pours. We knew he wasn’t in great shape the last couple days. It’s another big loss that’s hard to swallow, right after Lou (Brock). And for the Gibson family, our thoughts and prayers go out to them. We know he’s in a place with more comfort and peace.”
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Last month, the Cardinals had lost another former player Lou Brock to cancer.
Greatest Pitcher of his Era
Bob Gibson was one of the most-loved pitchers among baseball enthusiasts. He had played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals. In his high span career, Gibson had earned 251 wins, 31117 strikeouts with a 2.91 earned run average (ERA). He had also won two Cy Young Awards and the 1968 National League (NL) Most Valuable Player Award.
Bob Gibson Early Life
Robert Gibson ( Bob Gibson) was born in Omaha, Nebraska. From a very young age itself, Gibson showed a keen interest in games, particularly Basketball and Baseball. Later, he decided to focus on baseball professionally. From July 1961, he became a full-time pitcher.
Gibson had a childhood driven by several health conditions. He had suffered from rickets and major conditions of either asthma or pneumonia. It was his determination that made him one of the most renowned players of his time.
1957 and The Cardinals
In 1957, Gibson signed the deal with St.Louis Cardinals for a $3000 bonus. This marked the beginning of the highly intimidating player. He won 18 games in 1963 and in 1964, he went 9-2 in his final 11 which defeated the Redbirds. In the World Series against the Yankees, he went 2-1, winning Game 5 at Yankee Stadium and then Game 7 back at home. From then onwards, we came to be known as World Series MVP.
1968 World Series
A major milestone of Gibson was the 1968 World Series. He tallied a 1.12 ERA for the season and then earned 17 strikeouts in the Game 1. This series was named “The Year of the Pitcher.” Gibson emerged as the pitcher of the year. One of Gibson’s teammates, Joe Torre, from his time said. “Pride, Intensity, talent, respect, dedication. You need them all to describe Bob Gibson.” The Baseball World mourns the loss of the legend
Current Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina said. “I just heard the news about losing Bob Gibson and it’s kind of hard losing the legend. You can lose a game, but when you lose a guy like Bob Gibson, just hard. Bob was funny, smart, he brought a lot of energy. When he talked, you listened. It was good to have him around every year. We lose a game, we lose a series, but the tough thing is we lost one great man.”