Hall call puts exclamation point on Gibson’s career
Bob Gibson became the first pitcher of that generation when he was elected to the Hall of Fame on Jan. 15, 1981.
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Then in 1968 – coming off a season where he went 22-9 with a 1.12 earned-run average – Gibson struck out a record 17 Tigers batters in Game 1 of the World Series and won Game 4 as well, only to lose Game 7 on a misplayed fly ball.
“I was good. That was the attitude I had,” Gibson told AP. “All of the writers thought I was tough, and so did the players. Well, that’s the way I was. I grew up fighting a lot of things.”
Gibson finished his career with a record of 251-174, posting an ERA of 2.91 and striking out 3,117 batters – becoming the second pitcher, following Walter Johnson, to reach the 3,000-strikeout mark.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum