By Drake Mann (@drakemann4)
After the Cardinals lost to the Padres in game three of the Wild Card Series – eliminating the Cardinals from the playoffs, Cardinals legend Bob Gibson passed away at 84-years-old after his fight with cancer.
There’s nothing you could say bad about Bob Gibson as an individual. Well…maybe if you were an opposing batter facing his devastating fastball-slider combo. The Cardinals lost another legend, Lou Brock, about three weeks ago and I wrote about Lou Brock’s legacy as well.
You can read that here: https://www.thebrkdwnsports.com/the-legacy-of-lou-brock/
But back to Gibson’s legacy with the Cardinals
Bob Gibson started his baseball career at 23-years-old in 1959 before becoming a staple in the Cardinals rotation and eventually becoming the Cardinals greatest pitcher of all time.
Here are some of his accolades:
251 Wins (1st in Cardinals History)
2.91 ERA (10th in Cardinals History)
255 Complete Games (1st in Cardinals History)
56 Shutouts (1st in Cardinals History)
3,117 Strikeouts (1st in Cardinals History)
Won 7 consecutive World Series starts
2x Cy Young Winner
9x Gold Glove Winner
MVP in 1968
Lowest single-season ERA (1.12)
2x World Series MVP
2x World Series Winner
You don’t hear about Cardinals baseball without hearing Bob Gibson’s name and that’s evident by his statue out in front of Busch Stadium. He was inducted into Cooperstown in 1981 and was inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2014. The Cardinals have also retired Gibson’s number 45.
Bob Gibson struck fear into the hearts of opposing hitters for 17 years and even in his later stages of life, Gibson was still one of the fan favorites at charity events and other Cardinals themed events. Opening Day in St.Louis is going to be a lot different come 2021 without Stan Musial, Red Schoendienst, Lou Brock, and Bob Gibson but their legacy in St.louis will live on as fans young and old will continue to pass on stories of “Gibby”.