Hall of Famer, Bob Gibson born November 9, 1935 and is a retired pitcher who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals (1959-1975). Nicknamed"Hoot" and "Gibby", Gibson tallied 251 wins, 3,117 strikeouts,and a 2.91 earned run average (ERA) during his career. A nine-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, he won two Cy Young Awards and the 1968 National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award. In 1981, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
The pinnacle of Gibson's career was 1968, when he set a modern baseball record by posting a 1.12 ERA for the season, then followed that by recording 17 strikeouts during Game 1 of the 1968 World Series. Over the course of his career, Gibson became known for his fierce competitive nature and the intimidation factor he used against opposing batters. Gibson threw a no-hitter during the 1971 season, but began experiencing swelling in his knee in subsequent seasons. After retiring as a player in 1975, Gibson later served as pitching coach for his former teammate Joe Torre. At one time a special instructor coach for the St. Louis Cardinals,Gibson was later selected for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.
In the eight seasons from 1963 to 1970, Gibson won 156 games and lost 81, for a.658 winning percentage. He won nine Gold Glove Awards, was awarded the World Series MVP Award in 1964 and 1967, and won Cy Young Awards in 1968 and 1970.