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Bob Gibson’s 1971 No-Hitter Against The Pittsburgh Pirates

Bob Gibson’s 1971 No-Hitter Against The Pittsburgh Pirates

On August 14, 1971, Bob Gibson was masterful as he and his Cardinals teammates battled the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

Defeating the team by himself, Gibson did what everyone knew that his talents could offer.  Allowing no hits to a very talented Pirates squad, Gibson made major league history.  He went the distance in the contest while facing 28 batters.  His impressive numbers from this outing include:  10 strikeouts, 3 walks, 0 runs, and 0 hits allowed!!!

And ‘Hoot’ helped himself at the plate too.  Going 1-for-4, Gibson drove in three runs to help pad the team’s lead.  The Cardinals ended up winning the contest 11-0.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mr. Gibson!!!

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Bob Gibson Picked Up Another Cy Young Award In 1970…

Bob Gibson Picked Up Another Cy Young Award In 1970…

After securing his first Cy Young award in 1968, Gibson did it again just two years later.

In 1970, Gibson started in 34 contests for the Cardinals.  He amassed a 23-7 record, while finishing 23 of his starts, which included 3 shutouts.  During that season, Gibson amassed a 3.12 ERA while striking out 274 batters and walking just 88.

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…

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.