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Name:    Gibson, Bob
Profession:  Athlete
Born/Started:    1935
Description:    Bob Gibson was a Hall of Fame pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1960s. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981 with 84% of the votes cast.

Born in Omaha, NE, Gibson was one of the best athletes ever to play major league baseball. He was a member of the Harlem Globetrotters professional basketball team before joining the Cardinals in 1958. Over a 17-year career, he won 251 games, the most ever by a Cardinal pitcher. He won two Cy Young awards, a Most Valuable Player award, and was a key figure on three pennant winning and two World Series winning teams. He won more than 20 games in a season five times, struck out more than 3,000 batters, and threw a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 14, 1971.

In 1968, Gibson had an earned run average of 1.12 and threw 13 shutouts. He posted World Series records of seven consecutive wins and 17 strikeouts in a game, both of which remain unbroken

In recognition of his contributions to the ballclub, the Cardinals erected a statue of Gibson outside Busch Stadium. Since retiring, Gibson has served as a baseball announcer, a pitching coach, and an assistant to the National League president.

St. Louis Cardinals Win 1967 World Series
St. Louis Cardinals Win 1968 National League Penna

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