By Patrick Kelly
For what was already been a tough night for Cardinals fans with the 4-0 loss to the San Diego Padres that eliminated them from the playoffs came the news that Hall of Famer Bob Gibson passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 84. The two-time World Series Champion in 1964 and 1967 spent his entire 16-year career with the Cardinals, was a nine-time All-Star and two-time NL Cy Young Award winner. On Bleacher Report’s list of 25 most important Cardinals of all time, Gibson was second only to Stan “The Man” Musial.
His numbers for the Redbirds are second to none. In 528, games he amassed a record of 251-174 with an ERA of 2.91. Of the over 500 games he started, he completed over half of them with 255. He holds the MLB records for most consecutive quality starts, most consecutive starts with 6-plus innings pitched, has Gold Gloves which stands third all-time. His most impressive stat though was in the 1968 World Series on Oct. 2 (the date of his death) when he struck out 17 batters in Game 1.
This has been a tough year for Cardinals Hall of Famers as Lou Brock passed away on Sept. 9 after battling myeloma for several years. Gibson is enshrined forever in the Cardinals Hall of Fame as well as on the left-field wall with his No. 45 being retired by the Cardinals.