Bob Gibson

Bob Gibson
Birthdate 11/9/1935
Death Date 10/2/2020
Debut Year 1959
Year of Induction 1981
Teams Cardinals
Position Pitcher

A member of MLB’s All-Century team, Bob Gibson is a two-time Cy Young Award winner and a former National League Most Valuable Player.

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Bob Gibson agrees to be a guest on ABC

Bob Gibson agrees to be a guest on ABC

Bob Gibson started 9 World Series games, pitched 8 completed games with 7 wins. His lifetime ERA in the Fall Classic was 1.89. Predictably he also won the two World Series MVPs. Shown here is an agreement signed by Gibson on 12/3/1970 to appear as a guest on the American Broadcasting Company.
Closeup of signature portion of ABC contract

Closeup of signature portion of ABC contract

Bob Gibson won the second of his two Cy Young Awards after securing a career-high 23 wins in 1970. A month after receiving the award, Gibson signed this contract, seen in its entirety above. An All Star and Gold Glover that season, Gibson also received MVP consideration, finishing fourth in National
Gibson files a dispute from his time in the Dominican in 1958

Gibson files a dispute from his time in the Dominican in 1958

Before making his Major League debut Bob Gibson pitched in the Dominican Republic. During his time there there was a mixup between the Licey team and the club from Puerto Rico. In this letter Gibson writes to recover his expenses from the mixup. Though not signed,
Details of dispute according to Gibson

Details of dispute according to Gibson

After completing the winter in the Dominican in 1958, Gibson broke in with the Cardinals the following season. By 1961 he would start a streak of 14 consecutive double-digit win totals highlighted by five 20-win seasons. An eight-time All Star, Gibson was voted the league’s
Second and final page detailing the dispute

Second and final page detailing the dispute

After reading this page and the first page of the dispute is seems Gibson was treated unfairly. For an inexperienced player who just turned 23 years old these letters seem quite gutsy. Gibson would go on to be known as one of the fiercest competitors in the history of the
Walter Shannon pleads Gibson's case to George Trautman

Walter Shannon pleads Gibson's case to George Trautman

Walter Shannon writes this letter as Supervisor of Player Personnel for the Cardinals. In it he advises the President of the National Association George Trautman about Gibson’s plight. “…the purpose of my letter is to see that

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There was no champagne for Red Sox, Lonborg in ‘67

July 20th, 2017 Leave a comment

Lonborg and champagne

World Series championships are won on the field, not in the newspapers. In 1967 the press might’ve given the Cardinals extra motivation in their epic seven-game battle against the Red Sox. Boston wins the pennant on the last day Boston had to grind it out just to get to the postseason. The battle for supremacy in the American League came down to the last day of the regular season. Boston and second-place Detroit were separated by just a half-game. The Tigers had a doubleheader at home against the Angels. The Red Sox played the Twins at Fenway Park. Boston turned to ace Jim Lonborg for the regular season finale. The 1967 Cy Young Award winner, Gentleman Jim responded with a gutty performance. On three days rest he went the distance allowing one earned run before the sellout crowd at Fenway. The October 1st contest was his 15th complete game of the season. The Tigers needed a sweep of California. Detroit won the first game 6-4 but couldn’t contain the Angels in the second, losing 8-5. With the Detroit loss, Boston earned a berth to the World Series against the National Champion St. Louis Cardinals. The World Series begins On only […]

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One response to “Bob Gibson”

  1. Sandy Davis says:

    Thanks for sharing. I was so fortunate to see Bob Gibson pitch several times 1964-68. So exciting and fun. I was a kid but could see how talented he was. Good discussions with my Dad about his skill.

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