Bob Gibson, Hall of Fame pitcher who spent his entire 17 year career with the St. Louis Cardinals, passed away today of pancreatic cancer. He was 84.
Gibson, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, was signed by the Cardinals in 1957 out of Creighton University. He debuted in 1959, and had a breakout year in 1961, in which he established himself as a top of the rotation starter. From 1968-70 Gibson combined for 30.5 bWAR, winning the Cy Young Award and MVP Award in 1968, when he set a live ball record with a 1.12 ERA. He also won the Cy Young Award in 1970, and was the World Series MVP in both 1964 and 1967.
Gibson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1981, his first year of eligibility. His 89.2 career bWAR is 17th all time among pitchers.