By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson has passed away. He was 84.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. However, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch claims that Gibson passed away due to cancer.
“It’s kind of hard losing a legend,” Cardinals legend Yadier Molina said after the news broke, according to ESPN. “You can lose a game, but when you lose a guy like Bob Gibson, just hard. Bob was funny, smart – he brought a lot of energy. When he talked, you listened. It was good to have him around every year. We lose a game, we lose a series [tonight], but the tough thing is we lost one great man.”
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Gibson – who was known as “Gibby” or “Hoot” (after actor Hoot Gibson) played for the Cardinals from 1959 through 1975. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.
As a player, Gibson played in nine All-Star games. He was also two Championship teams with the Cardinals in 1964 and 1967.
Both times that the Cardinals won the World Series, he received the World Series MVP. Gibson was the National League MVP in 1968.
In addition, he was a two-time Cy Young Award winner in 1968 and 1970. He was also a nine-time Gold Glove Award winner.
With the Cardinals, he went 251-174 in his 17-year career with the Cardinals in 528 games, including 482 starts, according to Baseball Reference. Gibson had a 2.91 ERA with 21 games finished, 255 complete games, 56 shutouts, and six games.
He allowed 1,420 runs (1,258 earned runs) and 257 home runs on 3,279 hits in 3,884 1/3 innings. The legend also struck out 3,117 batters, while walking 1,336 more.
During his playing career, Gibson had one complete game. He pitched a no-hitter on August 14, 1971.
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Gibson is in the Cardinals Hall of Fame. In addition, the team has also retired his No. 45 jersey.
Major League Baseball also named Gibson to their All-Century Team in 1999.
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