RIP Bob Gibson in MLB Posted October 3 One of the great pitchers of my youth. His 1967-68 World Series performances were unforgettable, not to mention his amazing 1.12 ERA in the 1968 season. I was 10-11 at the time, just starting to become an intense baseball fan, so those seasons are emblazoned in my memory almost like no others. And, it is very sad and yet so fitting that Gibson passed away with a month of his HOF teammate Lou Brock, co-star of those 1967-68 World Series. I wasn’t yet a baseball fan in 1964, another Cardinals WS team led by Gibson and Brock. But if you’ve never read it, try David Halberstam’s October 1964, which recounts that World Series and the season that preceded it in the context of what was going on in the civil rights era at the time. It’s on my list of the top 10 baseball books ever written. (Halberstam’s Summer of ‘49 is also on my list.) It does a great job of looking at Gibson in that context. RIP to a great pitcher and an impressive man.