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Bob Gibson’s 1968 Season Was Magical!!!

Bob Gibson’s 1968 Season Was Magical!!!

Bob Gibson’s 1968 season was one that makes players into legends.  His performance from the start of the season through the entire schedule and playoffs included is one of the most talked about and heralded seasons by a pitcher in major league history.

Let’s get right into the numbers:  34 starts, 22-9 record, 28 complete games, 13 shutouts, 268 strikeouts, just 62 walks, and the tiniest of ERA’s – 1.12.

Gibson took that dominance and rung up both the National League’s Cy Young and Most Valuable Player Awards.  And nobody could complain about that…

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Bob Gibson And ‘Club 3,000′

Bob Gibson And ‘Club 3,000’

Date of entry into “Club 3,000” – July 17, 1974

The Story – At home, and battling ‘The Big Red Machine’, Bob Gibson had an ‘odd’ day by the standards he had set for himself.  Battling the talented Reds’ offense, Gibson pitched 7 innings while giving up 10 hits and only striking out 4.  But in those 4 strikeouts came #3,000 of his career against Cesar Geronimo.

Baseball History – Gibson struck out 3,117 batters over the course of his 17-year career.  He currently ranks in 14th place on the all-time list.

Bob Gibson Won 9 Gold Gloves For His Defensive Dominance!

Bob Gibson Won 9 Gold Gloves For His Defensive Dominance!

The dominant pitchers that ruled the 1960’s and 1970’s were excellent athletes.  From Jim Palmer to Tom Seaver to Fergie Jenkins and Bob Gibson – all of them excelled in baseball and other sports during their youth.

But as big leaguers, Bob Gibson stood apart from them largely due to his ability to be a superb defender while on the mound.  Those guys were all good defenders, but Bob Gibson was phenomenal.

Gibson won his first Gold Glove award in 1965.  And from there, he hauled in 8 more award in eight straight years.

So, if you’re counting at home, that is 9 awards in 9 years!!

Bob Gibson Is An 8-Time All-Star

Bob Gibson Is An 8-Time All-Star

During his 17 seasons in the majors, Bob Gibson was selected as a pitcher for the National League All-Star team 8 times.

His first appearance on the NL squad came during his 4th season and 2nd full year with Cardinals, 1962.  After that, he was left off of the team for two years before making the team in 7 of the next 8 campaigns.

Bob Gibson Has An Amazing Win-Loss Record!!!

Bob Gibson Has An Amazing Win-Loss Record!!!

While his resume states that he competed in 17 big league seasons, the truth is that 98% of the games that Bob Gibson appeared in spanned 14 major league seasons, from 1961-1974.

And in those 14 years, Gibson did not achieve less than 11 wins in a single season.  During that time, the most losses he recorded in a single campaign was 13.  And then the dominance took over.  20 or more wins in 5 out of 6 seasons between 1965 and 1970.

In total, Gibson compiled a 251-174 record, good for a 59% winning record.  In 482 career starts, he threw 255 complete game along with 56 shutouts.

And in the post-season, Gibson made another 9 starts, going 7-2.

Happy Birthday Bob Gibson!!!

Happy Birthday Bob Gibson!!!

Happy 79th Birthday Mr. Gibson!!!

Bob Gibson is considered to be one of the nastiest(in a good way) pitchers in the history of the game.

His aura is as impressive as his stuff on the mound, and every time I read a book or article about hitters from the 1960’s, almost all of them mention Gibson’s name when discussing their greatest opposition.

Today, I will try to do my best to honor Bob Gibson.  It’s his birthday, so I will dedicate a day’s worth of posts in his honor!

Happy Birthday Mr. Gibson!!!

1976 HEADLINE: Jim Palmer Wins Cy Young Award For Third Time In Four Seasons

1976 HEADLINE: Jim Palmer Wins Cy Young Award For Third Time In Four Seasons

On this day in 1976, Jim Palmer won the Cy Young Award for being the best pitcher in the American League.

In a 4-year span from 1973-76, Palmer won the AL Cy Young Award 3 times.  Impressively, he dominated the league and was the leader of a very strong Orioles team.

A quick peek at the numbers:

Year Record Comp. Games ERA K’s Walks K’s:Walks
1973 22-9 19 2.40 158 113 1.4
1975 23-11 25 2.09 193 80 2.4
1976 22-13 23 2.51 159 84 1.9

Oh yeah, he also finished in second place in 1977 behind Sparky Lyle.  In a tight race, Lyle got 40% of the votes while Palmer tallied 34%.