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Bob Gibson was one of the most feared and dominating pitchers of his generation.
However, interestingly enough, Gibson did not get his start on the baseball field but on the basketball court. He was a starter on the University of Creighton basketball team and played with the Harlem Globetrotters from 1957-58.
Gibson was a Major League pitcher for 17 seasons and played his entire career with the St. Louis Cardinals (1959-1975). His serious and competitive demeanor on the field was a huge intimidation factor to other players. Gibson was actually known to hit players with a pitch to let them know who was in charge.
Among his many honors as a player, Gibson was named the World Series MVP in 1964 and 1967. Gibson set World Series records of seven consecutive wins and 17 strikeouts in a game. In 1968 he won the National League MVP award after pitching 13 shutouts that season. He was only the second player in Major League history to strike out over 3,000 batters. Gibson was also one of the few successful hitting pitchers of his time - he had 25 career home runs and 144 RBIís.
Gibson was named to eight All-Star teams and was awarded nine Gold Gloves. After establishing himself as one of the best pitchers in St Louis history, his jersey #4 was retired in 1981. He was also elected to the Hall of Fame in 1981.