Tori Foster, Sports Editor
Robert ‘Bob’ Gibson is a former St. Louis Cardinals’ pitcher. Amongst fans and teammates, he was known as “Hoot” or “Gibby.” Gibson debut was April 15, 1935 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this month on Saturday, July 13, and has been hospitalized for the past two weeks in his hometown Omaha. Last week the 83-year-old was expected to start his chemotherapy.
Gibson’s longtime agent, Dick Zitzmann, confirmed the news and released a statement that discuss Gibson’s prognosis and outlook on the situation. “Mr. Gibson has accepted his diagnosis and plans to begin his six-month chemotherapy program this week,” he said. “He’s prepared to fight this as best he can.”
Following the Cardinals’ win against the Arizona Diamondbacks later on that Saturday, the team sent words of encouragement to Gibson though Twitter. The tweet read, “Get well soon, Bob. All of Cardinal Nation is behind you!”
But this is not the first time Gibson has had health issues.
Back in January 2018, an interview with Rick Hummel from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch revealed Gibson had a possible heart attack during the 1968 season. He suffered from cramps near the top of his stomach that “hurt so bad that I couldn’t get out of bed,” with symptoms lasting almost all day. Two decades later, a doctor told him an electrocardiograph which showed signs of a heart attack.
Gibson spent his entire Major League Baseball career playing for the Cardinals. He dedicated 17 seasons to the team where he tallied 251 wins, 3,117 strikeouts, and a 2.91 earned run average for his career.
The nine-time All-Star has won one MVP in 1968, two National League Cy Young award in 1968 and 1970, two World Series in 1964 and 1967, along with two Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player Awards, nine Gold Glove Awards, and an Earned Runs Average title.
After Gibson retired, he was inducted as a Hall of Famer in 1981.
One of Gibson’s career highs was the 1970 Cardinals season. The Cardinals record was 23-7 with a fielding independent pitching high of 2.29 for Gibson.
All of St. Louis is sending up words of encouragement to Gibson.