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As one who saw Gibson pitch many times I’d guess his fastball was upper 90’s occasionally 100MPH.
Part of the reason he was feared, and he was so successful, is that he threw faster than just about anyone else in MLB.
The 1960’s Cardinals were such a joy to watch. Or to listen to (Harry Carey and Jack Buck). Two Championships and a near miss in 1968. Someone asked McCarver a few years ago how long it took him to get over losing the 1968 WS and McCarver said he still hadn’t.
I recall in 1967 Roberto Clemente broke Gibson’s leg with a line drive but he kept pitching until he collapsed. He had such a drive to succeed and you had to drag him off the mound. His innings pitched put todays pitchers to shame.
I hurried home from school to watch game seven of the 1968 World Series, only to see the Cardinals lose. I’ll always wonder what would have happened, that long ago fall afternoon, if Flood had caught Northrup’s fly ball with the score 0-0 in the late innings. I think Gibson would have eventually outlasted Lolich and the Cardinals would have won.
Such a great pitcher and a great Cardinal. It’s hard to believe he’s gone.
RIP Gibby and thanks for the memories.
Especially 1968 and how you thrilled a certain 12 year old boy (me) that year with your greatest year ever in The Year of the Pitcher (1.12 ERA). If only Curt Flood hadn’t misjudged the fly ball in game 7, you’d have won 1968 WS game 7, having already done in in ’64 and ’67.
You were a joy to watch and the kingpin of those great 1960’s Cardinals teams.
First base is useless,” he said in 1974. “And most of the time it is useless to stay there.”
“On the other hand, second base is really the safest place on the field. When I steal second, I practically eliminate the double play. And I can score on any ball hit past the infield.”
One of the kingpins of those great late 60’s Cardinals teams of my childhood. Lou made the games so exciting with his speed and steals, and was usually a .300 hitter too. And Lou was at his best in the World Series. It was a joy to watch you play, Lou, RIP.
And he was a gold gloves boxer so that would be appropriate. Aaron warned players not to charge the mound against Gibson as it would not end well for them.
Thanks for the welcome Brian. And I’ll check out the book too.
Many moons ago I read “From Ghetto to Glory” by Bob Gibson, I could use a refresher.
He’s left his mark that’s for sure, 1968 he was something special to watch.
I grew in 1960’s Memphis, loved those great Cardinals teams of the late 60’s. Brock, Maris,
Cepeda, Javier, Flood, McCarver, Carlton, but the best of them all was Bob Gibson. Pulling and praying for you Gibby. You’ve always been a great Cardinal, always been a fighter and a winner, I hope you can win this one too.