Few players have ever shaped the game like Gibson, whose all-time great 1968 season was the spearhead of the “Year of the Pitcher” that pushed MLB into lowering the mound to its current height. In a 17-year career, all with the Cardinals, Gibson won two World Series, two Cy Young Awards, one MVP, nine All-Star selections and nine Gold Gloves. He basically is the Cardinals’ pitching record book.
Fellow Cardinals great Yadier Molina was in tears talking about Gibson after the team’s Game 3 loss on Friday:
Yadi on the passing of Bob Gibson: "The game is a game. You can lose a game but when you lose a guy like Bob Gibson, it's just hard. I wish his family the best. We lost another one, Cardinal Nation lost another one." pic.twitter.com/lXn6qxzQ7r— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) October 3, 2020
Few greats are as idolized as much as Gibson was among MLB players, and that was clear as the tributes started rolling in for a departed legend.
Rip Mr Bob Gibson! We will miss you dearly. A standard setter on the mound your entire career and one of the most feared competitors to ever play the game of baseball! I totally enjoyed my conversations with you in Cooperstown. #Thanksforeverything#TrueLegend#Godbless— Frank Thomas (@TheBigHurt_35) October 3, 2020
RIP ❤️ ✊🏽— Jack Flaherty (@Jack9Flaherty) October 3, 2020
Thank you for all your wisdom
You are a legend
As much as I wanted be, tried to be like Bob Gibson, there was only one Bob Gibson! My deepest sympathy to the Gibson family. RIP to the #1 starter of the Black Aces. 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿— Dave “Smoke” Stewart (@Dsmoke34) October 3, 2020
Tommy Pham (@TphamLV) October 3, 2020
I just got the horrible news of the passing of my dear friend Bob Gibson. My thoughts and prayers are with Wendy and the Gibson Family. A huge loss for the entire @MLB and @Cardinals family. Will miss you Bob. pic.twitter.com/NI1r0IpfvD— Fergie Jenkins (@fergieajenkins) October 3, 2020
RIP Gibby. He had a huge influence on me as a competitor. I’m sad I won’t be able to experience his intensity again in person. I will always carry his advice with me. I use his words of wisdom daily. 🙏🏼— Trevor Rosenthal (@TrevRosenthal) October 3, 2020
Bob Gibson - the ultimate competitor and my favorite pitcher of all time. I wish I had the chance to meet you and talk baseball for a little bit. Rest In Peace ❤️— Lucas Giolito (@LGio27) October 3, 2020
My favorite jersey I have. RIP BG https://t.co/AfWiL06cAX— Jake Diekman (@JakeDiekman) October 3, 2020
Bob Gibson was a great competitor and a great man. He will truly be missed #rip— Dontrelle Willis (@DTrainMLB) October 3, 2020
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