Baseball world mourns death of Cardinals legend Bob Gibson

Jack Baer
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Major league hall of famer former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson throws out a first pitch before the start of a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, May 19, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Bob Gibson was a giant on the mound. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The baseball world lost one of its most beloved, feared, inspiring and dominant figures on Friday with the death of St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Bob Gibson.

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:

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.

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