Happy Birthday Bob Gibson

Hall of Famer Bob Gibson was born on November 9, 1935 in Omaha, Nebraska.  If you know a little bit about baseball you probably know a little bit about Bob. 

Here's some stuff that you might already know about Bob:

  •   A two time Cy Young winner, Gibson recieved the award in 1968 and 1970.
  •   In 1968 Gibson was also named National League MVP.
  •   He was the World Series MVP twice - 1964 & 1967
  •   Bob was a 20 game winner five times in his MLB career.
  •   He recieved nine Gold Glove Awards
  •   Spent his entire 17 year career with teh St. Louis Cardinals
  •   He attended Creighton University on a basketball and baseball scholarship


Now here's something that you might not know about Bob.  While he was playing basketball at Creighton he participated in a college All Star Game against the Harlem Globetrotters.  As you probably know the Globetrotters win almost every one of their games.  Well they obviously had never come up against Bob Gibson before.  Bob didn't get a minute of playing time until the 4th quarter.  When he finally did step onto the court he put on an amazing display.  Gibson finished the game with 15 points and the All Stars beat the Globetrotters by one.  A very impressed member of the Globetrotters organization approached Gibson about joining the team.  Bob wasn't ready to give up on his baseball dream yet, but he did agree to play for the Globetrotters for one year.  After one season as one of the stars of the Globetrotters, Gibson was certain that it was time to commit full time to baseball and to the Cardinals he went.  The rest, as they say, is history.


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