Bob Gibson becomes the second pitcher to record 3,000 strikeouts
In Gibson’s 17-year major league career, he tallied 3,117 strikeouts – all with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a major contributor in two world championships during his time in the Gateway to the West, winning the World Series Most Valuable Player award in both 1964 and 1967.
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“Gibby is one of baseball’s greatest competitors,” said former St. Louis teammate and fellow Hall of Fame member Stan Musial.
Gibson put together one of the best single season pitching performances ever in 1968, going 22-9 with a 1.12 earned run average. He struck out 268 batters in 1968 and in the process became the first National League pitcher since Sandy Koufax in 1963 to win NL MVP honors and the NL Cy Young Award in the same season. Gibson would add one more Cy Young to his trophy case in 1970, the final year in a three-year stretch in which he won at least 20 games each season.
Andrew Kivette was a public relations intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development