Thursday, June 8, 2017

1975 IN-ACTION: BOB GIBSON

The next 1975 “In-Action” card in my thread is St. Louis Cardinal pitching great Bob Gibson, who was coming to the end of his Hall of Fame career:


By the time this card would have come out you were looking at only the second pitcher in Major League history to collect 3000K’s in their career, joining Walter Johnson in the exclusive club.
The two-time Cy Young winner and 1968 MVP would top 250 wins with 251, finish with 3117 strikeouts along with a 2.91 earned run average and 56 shutouts over his 17-year career.
He’d also collect NINE Gold Gloves and be named to eight all-star teams, all while hurling for the Cardinals, leading them to two World Championships, 1964 and 1967.
His 1968 season is the stuff of legend, going 22-9 with 13 shutouts and a microscopic 1.12 E.R.A., completing 28 of 34 starts and striking out 268 batters.
How he lost nine games is incredible!
Of course, by the time he was eligible for selection for the Hall of Fame, he got in without a problem, claiming his rightful spot in Cooperstown in 1981.

4 comments:

  1. Sweet! Another gem to add to the '75 set!

    Thanks, Gio!! :)

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  2. Sadly, Bob would go 3-10 with a 5.04 ERA that 1975 season (his last). I can't even imagine him having a season like that... I started following baseball in the mid-70s so all my recollections of Gibson are from reading in baseball books about his dominance during the 60s and even early 70s. And I'm happy to just leave it at that and not have any memories of the end of his career.

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  3. Beautiful! Stirrups and no cropped off limbs, gloves, or hats? That's what I call perfection.

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