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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!!!

Reggie Jackson 1976 SSPC Baseball Card

Reggie Jackson 1976 SSPC Baseball Card

I don’t have a lot of cards from these SSPC baseball card sets, but the ones that I have been able to grab are pretty neat.  And perfect for my most favorite player collections, too.

This card of Reggie Jackson comes courtesy of the 1976 SSPC set.

Take a look:

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These cards are very basic in nature offering no graphic elements on the front while also missing team names, player names, player positions, and brand logo.  Instead, the card showcases a large image.

These cards remind of a the more current Topps Glossy All-Star Send-In cards.  But since those did not debut until the mid-80’s, I will say that this is one of the earlier ‘blank’ front cards that I know of…

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Cal Ripken Jr. 1992 Fleer Superstar Special ‘The Indispensables II’ With Joe Carter

Cal Ripken Jr. 1992 Fleer Superstar Special ‘The Indispensables II’ With Joe Carter

Man, I really like these two guys…

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Both of these guys, in different ways, have cemented themselves in my baseball memory and built images in my head that will last for my lifetime.

Joe Carter hit the home run that all kids dream of as a kid.  World Series drama, walk-off game winner, series clincher – You name it!  With one swing, Joe Carter cemented himself as a baseball legend who shined the brightest when all eyes were on him.

Cal Ripken built such an incredible baseball resume, and he did it the right way.  A consummate professional, Ripken played the game the right way and he did it for the pure love of the sport.  A tremendously skilled all-around player, Cal has no weakness on the field, and he took that to his off-the-field persona once he retired from the sport.

Wade Boggs 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star Send In

Wade Boggs 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star Send In

I’m always digging the cards of Wade Boggs from his early Red Sox years that feature him playing defense.

And this one from the 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star Send-In set is a beauty!

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While Boggs was known for his hitting prowess, he was a sharp defender of the ‘hot corner’.  He has a lifetime fielding percentage of .962 at third base, and while that is not a record-setting number, it is fantastic for a player that is solely known for his offensive punch.

Gotta love #26!

1996 HEADLINE: Derek Jeters Wins Rookie Of The Year Award With Unanimous Vote!

1996 HEADLINE: Derek Jeters Wins Rookie Of The Year Award With Unanimous Vote!

On this day in 1996, Derek Jeter won the American League’s Rookie of the Year award in a unanimous vote!

Capturing all 28 first-place votes, Jeter set himself apart from the rest of the 1996 rookie class.  And he did it all with the enormous pressure that comes with wearing Yankee pinstripes.

During that season, Jeter collected 183 hits en route to a .314 batting average.  He scored 104 runs for the team while also driving in 78.  And while fielding the toughest infield position, he compiled an 96.9% fielding percentage.

Oh, and he also helped the Yankees capture the 1996 World Series championship too!

Happy Anniversary to Derek Jeter!!!

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%.