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Bob Gibson – 1974 Topps #350

Robert “Bob” Gibson (born November 9, 1935) is a retired American professional baseball player. Nicknamed “Hoot” and “Gibby”, he was a right-handed pitcher who played his entire 17-year Major League Baseball career with St. Louis Cardinals (1959ā€“1975). A nine-time All-Star selection, Gibson accumulated 3,117 strikeouts during his career, won two Cy Young Awards, was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1968, and was a member of two World Series championship teams. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981, his first year of eligibility. Gibson was the starting pitcher in nine World Series games during his career, in which he recorded eight complete games and seven wins. Gibson also set a World Series record by posting 17 strikeouts during Game 1 of the 1968 World Series. After retiring as a player in 1975, Gibson later served as pitching coach for his former teammate Joe Torre. At one time a special instructor coach for the St. Louis Cardinals as well, Gibson was later selected for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.

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