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A Harry Weber statue of Bob Gibson outside Busch Stadium | Photography
Thomas McMahon
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The statue is outside of Busch Stadium that was created by Harry Weber. In the eight seasons from 1963 to 1970, he 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. In Game 7 of St. Louis's World Series triumph on October 15, 1964, Gibson held on to earn the win despite allowing ninth-inning home runs to New York Yankees Phil Linz and Clete Boyer (brother of the Cardinals' Ken Boyer). In 1967, Gibson made a remarkable recovery from a broken leg to become the premiere pitcher in that year's World Series. Gibson's normal follow-through included landing hard on his right leg. On July 15, he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Roberto Clemente just at that point of his follow through. The broken leg put Gibson on the disabled list until early September, while the Cardinals continued to play well. With Gibson back in the lineup, the Cardinals secured the National League pennant. In the 1967 Series, Gibson allowed only three earned runs and 14 hits over three complete game victories (Games 1, 4, and 7), the latter two marks tying Christy Mathewson's 1905 record, also hitting a vital home run in Game 7. The 1968 season became known as "The Year of the Pitcher", and Gibson was at the forefront of pitching dominance. His earned run average was 1.12, which is a live-ball era record, the major league record in 300 or more innings pitched and was the lowest major league ERA in 54 years (see Dutch Leonard). He threw 13 shutouts, behind only Grover Alexander's 1916 Major League record of 16, and allowed only two earned runs in 92 straight innings of pitching. Gibson also pitched 47 consecutive scoreless innings, at the time the third longest scoreless streak in Major League history only to Walter Johnson's 56 in 1913, and Don Drysdale's 58 2/3 (set earlier in that same season). He also won the National League MVP. With the batting anemic everywhere, Gibson lost 9 games against 22 wins despite his record-setting low ERA. In Game One of the 1968 World Series, he struck out 17 Detroit Tigers to set a World Series record for strikeouts in one game (breaking Sandy Koufax's record of 15 in Game One of the 1963 World Series), which still stands today. Gibson's 1968 season was so successful that his performance is widely cited in Major League Baseball's decision to lower the pitcher's mound by five inches in 1969. The change had only a slight effect on him; he went 20-13 that year, with a 2.18 ERA. Some say that his 13 shutouts may never be repeated by anyone again given the heavier emphasis on pitch counts, relief pitching, and the continuing shift to hitters with newer ballparks having smaller foul areas, shorter distance to the outfield walls, and a smaller strike zone today. On May 12, 1969, Gibson struck out three batters on nine pitches in the seventh inning of a 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gibson became the ninth National League pitcher and the 15th pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the nine-strike/three-strikeout half-inning. Gibson achieved two highlights in August 1971. On the 4th of the month, he defeated the San Francisco Giants 7-2 at Busch Stadium for his 200th career victory. Ten days later, he no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-0 at Three Rivers Stadium. Three of his 10 strikeouts in the game were to Willie Stargell, including the game's final out. The no-hitter was the first in Pittsburgh in more than 60 years; none had been pitched in the 62-year (mid-1909 to mid-1970) history of Three Rivers Stadium's predecessor, Forbes Field. He was the second pitcher in MLB history (after Walter Johnson) to strike out over 3,000 batters, and the first to do so in the National League. He accomplished this at home, at Busch Stadium on July 17, 1974, the victim being César Gerónimo of the Cincinnati Reds. [1] (Gerónimo would also become Nolan Ryan's 3,000th strikeout victim, in 1980.) Gibson was also a good hitting pitcher and was sometimes used by the Cardinals as a pinch-hitter. In 1970, he hit .303 for the season, which was over 100 points higher than his teammate, shortstop Dal Maxvill. For his career, he batted .206 with 24 home runs (plus two more in the World Series) and 144 RBIs. He is one of only two pitchers since World War II with a career batting average of .200 or higher and with at least 20 home runs and 100 RBIs (Bob Lemon, who had broken into the majors as a third baseman, is the other). Gibson was above average as a baserunner and thus was occasionally used as a pinch runner, despite managers' general reluctance to risk injury to pitchers in this way. The constant pounding on Gibson's right knee took its toll, eventually inflicting knee injuries that contributed to Gibson losing his effectiveness. In his final season, he went 3-10 and announced his retirement.
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Pack Robert "Bob" Gibson (born November 9 1935 in Omaha Nebraska) is a former right-handed baseball pitcher playing for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1959 to 1975. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. Gibson was a fierce competitor who rarely smiled and was known to throw close fast inside pitches to let batters know who was in charge (similar to his contemporary and fellow Hall of Famer Don Drysdale) although he had good control and hit only 102 batters in his career (fewer than Drysdale's 154). Considered to be the best pitcher in Cardinals history (along with Dizzy Dean) Gibson dominated with his fastball sharp slider and a slow looping curveball. He now resides in the Omaha suburb of Bellevue with his wife and son and is a special instructor coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. The 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be the 80th midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL) the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game will be held on July 14 2009 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis Missouri the home of the National League St. Louis Cardinals. The game will be the first all-star game held in St. Louis since 1966. This will be the seventh year in which the All-Star Game determines home field advantage in the 2009 World Series with the American League winning all six games to date under this format. Currently the National League leads 40–37–2 but has not won since 1996. Fox will televise the contest with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver in the booth for the game broadcast. Pre-game coverage will begin at 7 on ESPN. Outside the USA Rogers Sportsnet (Canada) and ESPN America (Europe) will carry MLB's international feed with their own video feed and announcers.The Cardinals had hoped to use the event to show off its planned Ballpark Village residential and entertainment complex to be built on the site of the former Busch Memorial Stadium across the street from the new ballpark. However the plans have not materialized and Cardinals in March said they will use the old park for a softball field and parking lot during the game.On April 22 2009 All-Star balloting began on with eight position players (excluding pitchers and designated hitters) from each of the 30 teams being nominated for fans to vote. As with last year only 25 email ballots could be cast and voting officially ended at 11:59 ET on July 2. Final Rosters with the exception of the final vote were announced on July 5.Fans voted for up to three players per league to participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby

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