Friday March 9th, 2012
Rob Bland: Bob Gibson is, in Jonathan Hacohen’s mind, the best pitcher of all time. To me, there is certainly in an argument for at least top-10, maybe top-5. But I have trouble actually justifying putting him ahead of Cy Young, Christy Mathewson, Pedro Martinez and Walter Johnson. Now, these pitchers played in different eras, so it is extremely difficult to compare them side-by-side.
Bob Gibson pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals for parts of 17 seasons, racking up 251 wins against 174 losses. He made his debut on April 15, 1959, and played his last game in September of 1975. Six years later he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, receiving 337 of a total 401 votes (84%).
Between 1961 and 1974, Gibson threw over 200 innings all but twice; 175.1 in 1967, and 195 in 1973. He surpassed 250 innings pitched eight times, and 290 innings four times. Needless to say, Gibby was a work horse. (more…)