The next “Turn Back the Clock” card in the long-running series is a 10th Anniversary card for the season of the ages Bob Gibson had in 1968. A season that saw him bring home the hardware, dominate his league, and carve his name into the annals of baseball greatness:
Coming off of a championship season in 1967 that saw him appear in only
24 games due to an injury, Gibson jumped right back into his 20-game
winning form of 1965 & 1966, besting his career mark of 21 wins with
22, but it was the stinginess of his season that made him a legend.
All Gibson did was complete 28 of 34 starts for the Cardinals, while
throwing THIRTEEN shutouts while leading the National League in earned
run average with a little-league-like 1.12, as well as pacing the Senior
Circuit with 268 strikeouts.
How on earth he LOST 9 games to finish at 22-9 is beyond me, and I’ve gone over the box scores. Just an amazing year!
Think about it, 13 of his 22 wins were shutouts! He attained the 1.12 E.R.A. while pitching 304.2 innings!
Needless to say, by the time Awards season came around he took home the
league’s Cy Young, Most Valuable Player, Gold Glove and an All-Star nod.
He was all-WORLD that year!
He would also put together another two 20-win seasons after ‘68, on his
way to 251 for his career while topping 3000-K’s, becoming only the
second player to do so in Major League history at the time, joining the
great Walter Johnson.
In 1981, to put the cherry on top of the cake, he was inducted to the
Baseball Hall of Fame, closing the books on one of the great pitchers of
his or any era.