THE GREATEST CARDINAL PITCHER OF ALL TIME

Bob Gibson, RIP

Rick Hummel, writing for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, tells the story of the late, great Bob Gibson

The Cardinals have a goodly number of pitchers enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, including Dizzy Dean and Jesse “Pop” Haines. But by any account, the greatest Cardinals pitcher of them all was Bob Gibson, who died at age 84 Friday night in Omaha, Nebraska, under hospice care after fighting pancreatic cancer for more than a year.

 

Gibson was the Cardinals’ second National Baseball Hall of Famer to die in the past month. His longtime teammate, Lou Brock, died at age 81 on Sept. 6. Gibson’s death came on the 52nd anniversary of perhaps his greatest game, a record 17-strikeout performance in Game 1 of the 1968 World Series.

I was five months old when he struck out a record 17 Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the 1968 World Series. Chances are high I saw some of that game, although I have no memory.