Bob Gibson facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsBob Gibson
Gibson at Roger Dean Stadium in March 2010
November 9, 1935|
|Died: October 2, 2020
|April 15, 1959, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|September 3, 1975, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Earned run average||2.91|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Baseball Hall of Fame|
|Vote||84.0% (first ballot)|
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.
In July 2019, Gibson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He died on October 2, 2020 from the disease in Omaha, aged 84.
- Bob Gibson at the Baseball Hall of Fame
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
Images for kids
Statue of Gibson outside Busch Stadium
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