I did see on the press release that CBS Sports had last night when I saw the news of his passing that the Cardinals gave him an extra 4000 dollars to completely give up basketball.Add Larry Wilson of the St Louis football Cardinals who passed away recently and St Louis has lost probably their three most recognizable sports stars of the 1960s and 70s!!!
A few interesting facts about Bob Gibson. He had a full basketball schlorship to Creighton where he averaged 22 pts per game one year. He also played with the Harlem Globetrotters for a year. And the most impressive/mystifying stat about him was he lost TWELVE games in 1968 with an era of 1.12!! And the Cards were the National Leage champs that year and he still lost that many games.
And Jim Rome said Bob Gibson was the only guest on his TV show that absolutely refused to wear any makeup. He said he had to intervene and tell the makeup artist not to put any makeup on him if he did not want it. Dude was an old school tough guy for sure! I'll bet he was the guy you'd want to go with you down a dark alley!! Very sad to see him go along with the other HOFers who recently passed.