Thanks to PTI, I remembered today is Bob Gibson's birthday, 2 days after my own. He is 72. He and Lou Brock were my favorite players as a kid.
You know you're good when the sport in which you are engaged changes it's rules because of you. His dominance of the year 1968 is credited with MLB's lowering the pitcher's mound 5 inches the following year.
Career highlights from Wikipedia:
- 3,117 strikeouts
- National League MVP (1968)
- World Series MVP Award (1964, 1967)
- 8-time All-Star (1962, 1965-70, 1972)
- Gold Glove Award (1965-1973)
- Cy Young Awards (1968, 1970)
- ERA of 1.12 in 1968 is major league best in the Live Ball Era, 2nd best all-time ERA.
- Seven World Series Wins
- Record for most strikeouts during a World Series (35 Ks in 1968)
- Record for most strikeouts in a World Series game (17 Ks in Game One, 1968)
- St. Louis Cardinals All-Time Leader in wins (251), innings (3,884 ⅓), strikeouts (3,117), games started (482), complete games (255), shutouts (56), wild pitches (108), hit batsmen (102) and batters faced (16,068).
- Holds Cardinals single season records for ERA (1.12 in 1968), WHIP (.853 in 1968), Hits Allowed per 9 IP (5.85 in 1968), and shutouts (13 in 1968).