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Bob Gibson
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Gibson at Roger Dean Stadium in March 2010
Pitcher
Born: (1935-11-09)November 9, 1935
Omaha, Nebraska
Died: October 2, 2020(2020-10-02) (aged 84)
Omaha, Nebraska
Batted: Right Threw: Right
debut
April 15, 1959, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last appearance
September 3, 1975, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 251–174
Earned run average 2.91
Strikeouts 3,117
Teams
Career highlights and awards
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Induction 1981
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.

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