Bob Gibson

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Gibson in 2010

Robert Gibson (November 9, 1935 – October 2, 2020) was an American baseball player. He was a pitcher. He played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1959 to 1975.

He was nicknamed "Gibby" and "Hoot" (after actor Hoot Gibson). Gibson totalled 251 wins, 3,117 strikeouts and a 2.91 earned run average (ERA) during his career. He was a nine-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion. Gibson's jersey number 45 was retired by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1975. In 1981, he was added to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Due to Gibson's remarkable 1968 season, considered by some the greatest pitching performance, MLB decided to lower the pitching mound.

Gibson was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He was the father of three children: two with his first wife, Charline, and one with his second wife, Wendy.[1] He has one grandson, Max, born July 7, 2010.

In July 2019, Gibson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.[2] He died on October 2, 2020 from the disease in Omaha, aged 84.[3]

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  1. Gibson, Bob; Wheeler, Lonnie (1994). Stranger To The Game. New York: Viking. ISBN 978-0-670-84794-5. OCLC 30110624.
  2. St. Louis Cardinals great Bob Gibson diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
  3. Cardinals Hall of Famer Bob Gibson dies at 84 after bout with cancer

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