Bob Gibson

American professional baseball player, pitcher, coach
Gibson in 2010

Robert Gibson (born November 9, 1935) is an American former 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 is the father of three children: two with his first wife, Charline, and one with his second wife, Wendy.[1] In July 2019, Gibson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.[2]


  1. Gibson, Bob; Wheeler, Lonnie (1994). Stranger To The Game. New York: Viking. ISBN 978-0-670-84794-5. OCLC 30110624.
  2. St. Louis Cardinals great Bob Gibson diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

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