Bob Gibson, fierce Hall of Fame ace for Cards, dies at 84
The dominant St. Louis Cardinals Starter who earned an unprecedented seven World Series starts and establishes a new norm for success at the end of the 1968 season in the 1.12 Period, Hall of Famer Bob Gibson died Friday.
He was eighty-four.
Shortly after the playoff defeat of 4-0, Gibson was confirmed by the Cardinals in San Diego.
In his home town of Omaha, Nebraska, he has long been sick from pancreatic cancer.
Gibson was killed in Game 1 of the World Series of 1968 against Detroit on the 52nd anniversary of his probably most strong performance.
One of the most uncompromising players in Baseball, two-time recipient of the Cy Young Award was St. Louis for 17 years and was named MVP World Series in its 1964 and 1967 seasons.
In 1968 the cards were not long, but the National League's MVP was elected to Gibson and his rivals were shut down so well that baseball modified the laws for fear of them coming again.
Gibson died of Hall of Fame, outfielder Lou Brock, less than a month after the passing of a long-time co-worker.
Tom Seaver died at the end of August. Another brilliant pitch from his day.
« I have just learned the news of the death of Bob Gibson and the failure of a hero is kind of tough.
You might lose a game, but if you're going to lose a man like Bob Gibson, just rough, "said Cardinals star catcher Yadier Molina.
You were listening while he spoke.
Every year, it was great to have him.
We're losing a play, we're losing a sequence, but we're lost a major guy.
On his high point, Gibson may have been a nine-time Gold Glove owner who roamed extensively and pulled up grounders amid a hard sweeping motion who pushed him to the first mound base side; and a huge hitter that twice hit five house runs a single season and hit 303 in 1970, when he also earned his second Cy Young. He is the most prolific all-round starter in history.
Neither was baseball his special hobby.
He also played in Creighton basketball and spent a year with the Harlem Globetrotters before shifting his focus solely to the diamond.
He was the second most effective pitcher to hit three thousand strikeouts with an average of 19 winning from 1963-72, 251-174 with a 2.91 ERA.
He wasn't as rough as Sandy Koufax, or from as many angles as Juan Marichal, but his batters never overlooked how he squatted over them (or how he squat, as he was almost sighted) as if he was establishing an old record.
Gibson was snubbing rivals and even teammates who dared to talk to him on the day he was pitching.
He told New Yorker's Roger Angell once, "I played several hundred tic-tac toe games with my little boy, and they haven't yet reached me."
"I wanted to gain forever.
I must win. "I must win.
Gibson moved so fast that commentator Vin Scully commented that he pitched as though his vehicle were doubling. Both disciplined and anxious.
He was no fool on the slope, ball in hand.
And he was unwilling to provide advice while meeting Tim McCarver or someone else was thinking about entering the mound.
"You can't strike it," Gibson has been known to claim, "The only thing you do about ball.
His focus was such that he appeared oblivious that in 1968 he was on his way to a single game strike-out mark in the World Series, breaking Sandy Koufax's 15.
Gibson hit over 200 batters nine times during his regular season, leading the national league four times in shutouts, ending with 56.
Treteen out of his 22 winners in 1968 had been shutouts, leaving McCarver the "luckiest pitcher I've ever seen," Gibson.
When the other team doesn't fly, it still pitches.
He ended 7-2, with a 1.89 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 81 games, in several respects much larger.
Given Tigers' supremacy in the 1968 opener series, the year ended with a defeat of 7 — wounded by an uncommon mistake by the star center fielder Curt Flood — and an alteration of the laws that he would regret for a long time.
Gibson's 1.12 ERA was the third lowest of any beginning starter of regular season since 1900 and, by far, the strongest for any start in the post-dead balloon age, beginning in the 1920s.
During the so-called "Pitcher Year," his 1968 success, the officials of the left were worried that the fans had bored so many 1 -0 games.
In 1969, they decreased the mound in the field of strike from 15 to 10 centimeters.
"I was pissed," Gibson remarked later, but for a few years he stayed a top jackpot and threw in 1971 his only jerk against Pittsburgh.
While Gibson was very late and blooming in 1968, he kept the place of a major league career at the beginning of the 1930s.
Having been signed as an amateur free officer by the Cards in 1957, he had early problems with his power, overcome with one of the widest sliders in baseball and a curve with his strong fastball.
His methods of hitting and hitting some locations is too similar to the plate for batteries.
Hank Aaron once told Dusty Baker about Gibson, Atlanta Braves Teammate.
Aaron said according to the Boston Globe, "Don't dig in against Gibson Bob. He'll ruin you." Aaron said.
"If he dared to threaten him, he'd push his own grandma down.
Don't glance at him, don't wink at him, don't talk to him, don't talk to him.
He doesn't like it. He doesn't like it.
Don't run too slowly if you reach a home sprint, don't sprint too hard.
Get in the tube first if you intend to rejoice.
Don't charge the ground, whether he strikes you, since he's a competitor for the Gold Glove.
He was the only motivation to demand otherwise on the second Black (after Don Newcombe) to receive the Cy Young Trophy.
Gibson would depict himself as a "Blunt Defiant Black Guy," who disdained the notion that he was anybody's model of the job.
I hate someone. "I hate everybody.
Yet he was aware of the cultural distinctions and teamwork of the Cards that became a strong emblem during the civil rights movement and his position in ensuring the players had no separate homes during the season.
The chief of the white club (McCarver, Mike Shannons, Rogers Maris), Blacks (Gibson, Brock and Flood) and Hispans (Orlando Cepeda, Julian Javier), was loyal to McCarver, a Tennessee who believed Gibson would question his own biases.
Gibson wrote in "Pitch by Pitch," written in 2015 that "our squad as a whole did not have much regard towards ethnic or racial contempt."
"We will speak frankly about it, without confusion.
Nobody has a free pass in our clubhouse.
In recent years, Cardinals reliever Jack Flaherty, Purple, has evolved near Gibson.
The right wing always spoke, while the 24-year-old Flaherty took suggestions from the large guy wearing No. 45.
"It is a hero, first and foremost, somebody from whom I was fortunate enough to learn. You don't get the chance to learn from someone that calibre and someone who was so much very good." "We are suffering, said Flaherty, the Cardinals' losing starter on Friday night.
I always wished it wouldn't be today. I'd wear his uniform today on the field but I opted not to, "he added." I'd have concentrated on my wellness and where he was at.
His father was dead shortly before his birth, and he grew up in poverty, and his mothers were a laundry worker who had to help Gibson and his six siblings. Born Pack Robert Gibson in Omaha on the 9th November 1935, Gibson conquered infant diseases that almost lost him the life.
Gibson has written in 'From Ghetto to Fame' one of his novels, 'Growing up without the father is a hindrance and deprivation that is difficult to quantify.'
The nearly 6 meters 2-inch Gibson, who appeared to be even larger on the mound during the season 1957-58 for the Globetrotters before concentrating his complete attention on baseball. Gibson 's job was performed in the Omaha Tech High School, where he attended Creighton from the years 1954-57 while earning an average of 20.2.
At Omaha, in minor ligues, he was led by Johnny Keane, "the nearest thing to a saint that he will ever meet in baseball" who became tutor and beloved buddy.
Gibson had also been pushed out of white team-mates into different hotels and exposed to abusive taunts by his supporters, and Keane will recall him as "without preJudgment" and an unwavering loyal man with his abilities.
He was tensed with the boss Solly Hemus at the beginning of his years with Cardinals, who used racial words publicly and was scorned by the giants and other cardinals. In the middle of the 1961 season, Hemus shot and substituted Gibson by Keane for his great wealth.
He started off with a carreer in 1962, and in the following year he ran 18-9 and held the cardinals pennant in the chase until late in the season. He made the first of his 8 national teams all-star National League.
He prevailed three times in the last 11 matches in 1964, a year that he called his dream, as the Cardinals raged behind Philadelphia's sinking Phillies to claim the National League championship. Gibson lost World Series Game 2, but he got back in Games 5 to 7 and was appointed an MVP. Gipper lost his game against the New York Yankees.
Keane lined up with Gibson in Game 7 even though Yankees' Clete Boyer and Phil linz homered in the ninth inning and reduced the advantage of the Cardinal to 7-5. Later he said of Gibson who retired Bobby, that he was a part of the party of cardinals who was a part of the Company Party.
Gibson had celebrated 20-game seasons in 1965 and 1965 and undoubtedly might have achieved the same a 3rd consecutive year, but a rovert clelement was Gibson who was loyal to Kean 's successor red schoendienst, who took over in 1965 after Keane had quit the Yankees.