Rick Hummel, writing for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
The Cardinals have a goodly number of pitchers enshrined in the
National Baseball Hall of Fame, including Dizzy Dean and Jesse
“Pop” Haines. But by any account, the greatest Cardinals pitcher
of them all was Bob Gibson, who died at age 84 Friday night in
Omaha, Nebraska, under hospice care after fighting pancreatic
cancer for more than a year.
Gibson was the Cardinals’ second National Baseball Hall of Famer
to die in the past month. His longtime teammate, Lou Brock, died
at age 81 on Sept. 6. Gibson’s death came on the 52nd anniversary
of perhaps his greatest game, a record 17-strikeout performance in
Game 1 of the 1968 World Series.
The two pitchers I most wish I could have seen play of my dad’s generation are Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax. So many great stories about Gibson, and such astounding accomplishments.