» October 4, 1913:
Washington manager Clark Griffith uses an unheard-of eight pitchers in an end-of-season farce game with Boston, including five in the 9th inning. At age 43, he pitches one inning himself, and coach John Ryan, also 43, catches. Griffith also plays RF, where he plays one off his head and misplays Hal Janvrin's liner into an inside-the-park homer. On the other end of the scale, 17-year-old Merito Acosta plays outfield alongside Walter Johnson in CF. Johnson then comes in the 8th inning to lob pitches to two hitters. Both batters, Clyde Milan and Steve Yerkes lace hits to send Johnson back to CF, and then, in relief, Nats catcher Eddie Ainsmith, in his only ML pitching appearance, gives up two triples to allow the base runners to score. The Sox score in the 9th on Janvrin's 2nd inside-the-park homer. Joe Gedeon, in his only pitching appearance, retires the last two batters as Washington wins, 109, beating Fred Anderson who goes the distance. The two runs "allowed" by Johnson will have historical repercussions: his ERA goes from 1.09 to 1.14, and Bob Gibson's 1.12 ERA in 1968 will put Johnson's ERA in 2nd place on the all-time list. The eight pitchers sets a major-league record that won't be matched until the Dodgers, September 25, 1946.
» April 15, 1959:
Don Drysdale scatters eight hits in shutting out the Cardinals, 50. The loser is Jackson, who goes six innings before giving way to Bob Gibson, making his ML debut. It's a rude initiation as the first batter he faces, Jim Baxes, homers off him. For the 31-year-old Baxes, it is his first ML homer: he'll hit 17 in just 246 at bats, 16 more than his brother Mike, in this his only season.
» April 17, 1961: In a 95 St. Louis win in the opener of a doubleheader, Dodger Duke Snider hits his 370th home run over the LF screen taking 7th place on the all-time list. But in his next at bat, the Duke suffers the consequences, sustaining a broken elbow when hit by Bob Gibson pitch.
» April 16, 1962: At Philadelphia, the Cards and Phillies each plate six runs in the first inning, but that's all the scoring for the hosts. The Cards add six more to win, 126. Starters Cal McLish and Bob Gibson each last less than an inning. Ernie Broglio earns the win with eight 1/3 innings of shutout ball.
» May 6, 1962:
At Cincinnati, the Cards salvage a nitecap win, 30, when Stan Musial blasts a 3-run home run in the 9th off Moe Drabowsky. Bob Gibson is the winner. The Reds win the opener, 54. Musial also sets a record for most games played, appearing in his 2,786th and 2787th.
» September 10, 1963: Stan Musial hits a HR in his first at bat as a grandfather, and Bob Gibson (17-8) blanks the Cubs 80.
» September 24, 1963: The idle Dodgers clinch their 2nd Los Angeles pennant when Chicago's Lindy McDaniel beats Bob Gibson and the Cards 63.
» May 27, 1964: The first two leadoff batters for the Giants -- Chuck Hiller and Duke Snider -- belt homers off Cardinal pitcher Bob Gibson. That's all the scoring the Giants get, but it's enough as they win, 21.
» September 11, 1964:
Bob Gibson holds the Cubs to two hits, and the Cards win, 50. Ken Boyer's 22nd homer starts the Birds' scoring.
» September 19, 1964:
In the 1st game of a doubleheader, the Reds stun the Cardinals 75 when Frank Robinson connects for a 3-run 9th inning home run off Bob Gibson. The Cards take the 2nd, 20, scoring both runs on C Don Pavletich's throwing error on a double steal. Ray Sadecki wins his 18th.
» September 28, 1964: The Phils drop to 3rd place when they lose in St. Louis, 51. Bob Gibson is the winner over a tired Chris Short.
» October 2, 1964: The Mets end an 8-game St. Louis win streak when Al Jackson beats Bob Gibson 10, but the Cards remain a half game in front of the Reds.
» October 4, 1964:
The Phils bomb the Reds 100 as both teams finish one game behind St. Louis. The two teams then sit in the visitor's clubhouse and hope that New York's Galen Cisco (618) can stop the Cards. The Mets take a 32 lead into the 5th inning, but St. Louis scores three runs to regain the lead. The Mets score once more but the Cardinals complete their scoring with three in the 8th to win 115. Bob Gibson wins in relief. For St. Louis, it is their 1st pennant since 1946.
» October 8, 1964: Rookie Mel Stottlemyre beats Bob Gibson 83 to even the World Series. The Yanks score four in the 9th after Gibson is taken out for a pinch hitter.
» October 15, 1964: St. Louis takes an early lead in the deciding World Series game 7. Lou Brock's 5th-inning home run triggers a 2nd 3-run frame and a 60 lead for Bob Gibson. Mickey Mantle, Clete Boyer, and Phil Linz homer for New York, but it's not enough. The Cards win 75 and are the World Champions. Both Boyers, Ken Boyer for the Cards and Clete Boyer for the Yankees, homer in their last World Series appearance, a first in ML history.
» April 12, 1965:
On opening day in Chicago, the Cards hand Bob Gibson a 5-run lead in the 1st inning against Larry Jackson. But the wind is blowing out and the game ends after 11 innings called because of darkness. The standoff is 1010. For the Cubs, Roberto Pena makes three errors in seven chances but is 3-for-6 with home run and double. Ernie Banks hits the only other home run.
» September 29, 1965:
In a pitcher's duel between two future Hall of Famers, Bob Gibson aids his cause by smacking a grand slam off Gaylord Perry in the 8th inning to lift the Cards to a 86 win over the Giants. It is Gibson's 5th home run of the year and the 1st of two career slams he'll hit. The Giants scored all their runs in the 9th inning.
» April 15, 1966: Bob Gibson's 92 win at Forbes Field is the 18th straight for St. Louis in Pittsburgh. St. Louis ties the major-league record set by the Dodgers against the Phillies in 1945-46 for consecutive road wins against one club.
» June 7, 1966: Bob Gibson (6-5) ties the major-league record with four strikeouts in one inning (4th), but the St. Louis ace is gone by the end of a 91 loss at Pittsburgh. The Bucs nick him for 11 hits and five runs in 7+ innings.
» July 3, 1967:
In St. Louis the fans get boxing with their baseball in the Cards, 73, win over the Reds. After Bob Gibson pitched inside to Tony Perez in the 5th inning, the pair exchange words after Perez flies out. Both benches empty but there is no fighting until the Reds bullpen, led by Bob Lee, show up. It takes 12 minutes before the police are needed to restore order.
» July 15, 1967: Cardinals P Bob Gibson suffers a fractured right fibula when hit by a Roberto Clemente line drive. Gibson will be sidelined until Labor Day. St. Louis also loses the game to Pittsburgh, 64.
» September 18, 1967: Bob Gibson pitches St. Louis to a 51 win and its 2nd pennant of the decade.
» October 4, 1967: Cardinals LF Lou Brock has four hits, two stolen bases, and scores twice, as St. Louis edges Boston 21 to open the World Series at Fenway Park. Bob Gibson has 10 strikeouts and outduels Jose Santiago, whose home run is Boston's only score.
» October 8, 1967: Bob Gibson is overpowering again in a 5-hit 60 win in Game 4. Roger Maris and Tim McCarver each have two RBI for St. Louis.
» October 12, 1967: The Cardinals earn their 2nd World Championship of the decade with a 72 victory. Bob Gibson notches his 3rd World Series win with a 3-hitter, 10 strikeouts, and a 5th-inning home run. Lou Brock has two hits and steals three bases for a record seven thefts in a 7-game World Series.
» May 28, 1968:
Suffering his 4th straight defeat, Cardinal Bob Gibson (3-5) drops a 31 decision to Gaylord Perry and the Giants.
» June 6, 1968:
Behind Bob Gibson's 3-hitter, the Cards beat the Astros, 40, for their 9th straight win. The Reds will beat them tomorrow.
» June 21, 1968: It's been a bad week for the Cubs, but they end their scoreless streak at 48 innings, tying a ML mark set in 1906, beating the Reds, 32, behind Joe Niekro. George Culver is the losing pitcher, allowing the Cubs 1st score in the 3rd inning when he gives up a walk with the sacks full. The five straight shutout losses also ties a league mark. The streak started on June 15, the final eight innings of a loss to Atlanta; 10 loss to Phil Niekro in 11 inn; 10 loss to Cards Nelson Briles; 40 one hitter to Steve Carlton; 10 loss to Bob Gibson. During the drought, Fergie Jenkins allows one run in 18 inn and got loss and no decision.
» June 26, 1968:
Cardinal Bob Gibson pitches his 5th straight shutout in the first game of a doubleheader with Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh wins the 2nd game 31, although the Cardinals stop Maury Wills' 24-game hitting streak.
» July 1, 1968: A first inning wild pitch that eludes backup catcher Johnny Edwards allows a run to break Bob Gibson's streak of 47 2/3 innings of scoreless pitching (in which he allows just 21 hits) The Cards beat the Don Drysdale and the Dodgers in Los Angeles 81. Gibson will pitch 23 innings before giving up another run.
» July 12, 1968:
The Cardinals beat the Astros, 81, but Houston scores a run on Bob Gibson. Denis Menke's bloop double, fair by inches, drives home the lone run. Houston reliever Tom Dukes ties the major-league record with his 9th straight relief appearance for the Astros.
» August 4, 1968: In pre-game ceremonies at Busch Stadium honoring him, Stan Musial is joined by his 1941 Cardinals teammates. a 10-foot bronze statue of Musial at is unveiled at one of the Stadium entrances. The crowd of 47,445 then watch as Bob Gibson battles the Cubs for 12 innings before Chicago P Lee Elia singles home the winning run in the 13th. Cubs win 65.
» August 19, 1968: Bob Gibson pitches the Cardinals to a 20 win over the Phillies. Gibson strikes out Dick Allen four times, the 7th time this season the Phils' sluggers has K'ed four times. He will strike out a career-high 161 times this season.
» August 31, 1968:
It is a tough month for Mets P Jim McAndrew, as he takes his NL-tying 5th shutout loss. Steve Carlton wins for the Cards 20. McAndrew gave up just six runs in the four losses, losing 20 to Bob Gibson on July 21, and to the Dodgers and Mike Kekich, 20 on August 4. On August 10th and 17th, he narrowed the margin to 10 losses, to the Giants and Houston respectively. The four losses are McAndrew's first ML decisions.
» September 2, 1968: With Julian Javier hitting a homer in the 10th, the Cardinals defeat the Reds, 10. Bob Gibson picks up his 12th shutout and 20th win. Gary Nolan pitches the first nine innings for the Reds, with Abernathy taking the loss in relief.
» September 17, 1968: Gaylord Perry hurls a no-hitter at Candlestick, as the Giants edge the Cards and Bob Gibson 10. Ron Hunt's solo home run backs Perry, who evens his record at 14-14.
» September 27, 1968: A 10 win and 11 strikeouts against the Astros enables Cardinal Bob Gibson to lower his ERA to 1.12, a new NL season mark. His phenomenal campaign includes 28 complete games, 268 strikeouts, and 13 shutouts.
» October 2, 1968: For the first time in history, two soon-to-be-named MVPs oppose each other. St. Louis' Bob Gibson is nearly untouchable with a World Series-record 17 strikeouts and a 40 win over Denny McLain. Detroit manager Mayo Smith moves Gold Glove CF Mickey Stanley to SS, improving his offense by opening a spot for Al Kaline.
» October 6, 1968: In Game Four St. Louis dumps Detroit 101. Bob Gibson, fanning 10, earns his 7th straight Series victory. Denny McLain gives up four runs, and is relieved in the 3rd after a rain delay. Lou Brock shines with a double, triple, home run, four RBI, and a steal that gives him seven in four games.
» October 10, 1968: Mickey Lolich bests Bob Gibson and brings Detroit its first World Series championship since 1945. The hefty lefty hurls a 5-hitter, giving Detroit a 41 win.
» October 28, 1968: Bob Gibson wins his first Cy Young Award, receiving all 20 votes.
» November 13, 1968: Bob Gibson edges Pete Rose to win the National League MVP award. Fittingly in the year of the pitcher, it is the only year in which both MVPs are hurlers.
» May 12, 1969: Cardinal Bob Gibson becomes the 7th National League pitcher to strike out the side on nine pitches. He does it in the 7th inning of a 62 St. Louis win over the Dodgers.
» May 25, 1969: The Cardinals tie a National League record with just one assist in Bob Gibson's 40 win at Los Angeles.
» May 30, 1969: Reds pitcher Clay Carroll pitches three innings of hitless relief and belts a 10th inning home run off Bob Gibson to win at St. Louis, 43. It is Carroll's only career homer.
» August 16, 1969: In an 81 win in Atlanta, St. Louis P Bob Gibson reaches 200 strikeouts (en route to 269) for the 7th season, a National League record.
» September 22, 1969:
Tom Seaver, who has not lost since early August, tops the Cardinals' Nelson Briles for a 31 victory. In game 2, Buddy Harrelson singles off Bob Gibson in the 11th inning to give the Mets a 32 win. With the Cubs losing to Montreal 73, the Mets now lead the National League East by six games with six to play.
» May 21, 1970:
Cardinal Steve Carlton strikes out 16 Phillies in eight innings, but the Cards lose, 43 in the 9th. In two days, teammate Bob Gibson will also fan 16 Phillies.
» May 23, 1970:
Dick Allen belts two homers to drive in all the runs as the Cardinals beat the Phillies, 31. Bob Gibson allows four hits and strikes out 16.
» June 7, 1970: Pinch hitter Vic Davalillo of the Cardinals, in for Bob Gibson, gets a record-tying two hits in the 7th inning of a 107 win over the Padres. The Birds score seven in the frame after the Padres had built a 71 lead against Gibson. Ron Herbel, the 2nd of four pitchers in the 7th, is the loser. Davilillo assumes he receives credit for two pinch hits, and that his 23rd pinch hit on August 31st ties the record of Dave Philley. He will finish the year with 24 pinch safeties but a rule difference between the American League and National League will cost him a pinch hit today.
» June 12, 1970:
Bob Gibson homers and doubles to lead to the Cards to a 41 win over the Giants. Gibson strikes out eight while allowing five hits.
» September 23, 1970:
The Cardinals dent the pennant aspirations of the Cubs, stopping them twice by identical 21 scores. Bob Gibson and Jerry Reuss are the hurlers for the Birds.
» November 3, 1970:
Bob Gibson wins the National League Cy Young Award by a 118-51 margin over Giant Gaylord Perry. Gibson posted a 23-7 record for the Cardinals.
» April 6, 1971:
Before 41,121 at Chicago, Billy Williams clubs a 10th inning homer off Bob Gibson to give the Cubs a 21 win over the Cards. Joe Torre's homer, off Fergie Jenkins, is the only Cardinal score.
» August 4, 1971: Bob Gibson wins his 200th game, a 72 victory over the Giants at St. Louis.
» August 14, 1971: Before 30,678 Pittsburgh fans, Cardinals ace Bob Gibson, 35, hurls the first no-hitter of his career, an 110 shellacking of the Pirates. The Cards make it easy for Gibson by scoring five runs in the top of the first inning. Gibson walks three and strikes out 10, and paces the offensive with three RBIs. Gibson said after the game, "This was the greatest game I've ever pitched anywhere." The win, Gibson's 48th career shutout, improves his record to 1110 and moves St. Louis to just five games behind the first-place Pirates.
» April 19, 1972: Steve Carlton, facing his former teammates for the first time, scatters three hits in outdueling Bob Gibson and the Cardinals, 10. The lone run comes on a Willie Montanez triple and a single by Johnson.
» June 21, 1972:
Bob Gibson wins his 211th, passing Jess Haines as the Cards' biggest winner, in St. Louis's 143 win over the Padres. Gibson cracks a 3-run homer in the 7th before exiting.
» August 7, 1972: When Cleon Jones misses a shoestring catch in the bottom of the 13th inning, Ted Sizemore races around with an inside-the-park homer to give the Cards a 32 win over the 2nd place Mets. Diego Segui, in relief of Bob Gibson who pitches 10 innings, is the winner. Mets 2B Ken Boswell has no chances to tie a major-league record for an extra inning game.
» May 8, 1973:
In a 97 losing effort against the Giants, Cardinals ace Bob Gibson makes his 242nd consecutive start. It is a new 20th century record passing that of Red Ruffing, who never pitched in relief the last 10 years of his career.
» November 24, 1973: Bob Gibson wins the last of nine Gold Gloves on the mound, and Joe Morgan wins the first of five at 2B.
» June 19, 1974:
Runners are passed in two different games tonight, depriving Giant Ed Goodson of a home run in a CardinalsGiants match, and creating confusion in a PiratesDodgers match. Goodson clocks a 3rd inning pitch from Bob Gibson, then passes teammate Garry Maddox between 1B and 2B. Instead of a home run, he gets one RBI and a single. In the latter, Joe Ferguson apparently strikes out with the sacks full, and walks away, while Pirate C Manny Sanguillen agrees and rolls the ball to the mound. Lee Lacy, the LA runner on 3rd jogs to the dugout. The runner from 2B, Jimmy Wynn comes around to score but is tagged out. Lacy scurries from the dugout, slides home, and is also tagged out. Lacy, though tagged, is ruled safe according to the rules. The confusion is deemed moot as the Pirates prevail, 73.
» July 17, 1974: Cardinals pitching great Bob Gibson fans the Reds Cesar Geronimo to become the 2nd hurler to strike out 3,000 batters. Geronimo will become Nolan Ryan's 3,000th K victim six years later. The Reds shrug it off, scoring six runs in the first inning and three in the 2nd on their way to a 127 win.
» October 1, 1974:
The Bucs take the National League East by edging the Cubs 65. A 2-run pinch home run by Bob Robertson is the game winner. Meanwhile, the Cardinals lose, 32, to the Expos, as Bob Gibson takes the loss. Reliever Dale Murray is the winner.
» September 1, 1975:
It is "Bob Gibson Day" in St. Louis, as dignitaries, including August Busch and Bowie Kuhn, honor the 39-year-old pitcher. The Cards, led by Lou Brock, then drill the Cubs, 63. Brock has three singles, three stolen bases, and scores three times.
» September 3, 1975:
Pitcher Bob Gibson gives up the last hit of his career, a pinch grand slam to Pete LaCock of the Cubs. Chicago beats the Cards, 116.
» July 4, 1980: Nolan Ryan fans the Reds Cesar Geronimo to become the 4th pitcher ever to reach 3,000 career strikeouts. Ironically, Geronimo was also Bob Gibson's 3,000th career strikeout victim six years earlier. Despite the milestone, Ryan allows six runs in four 1/3 innings and Houston loses, 81.
» January 15, 1981: In his first year of eligibility, former Cardinals P Bob Gibson is the only person elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. Players falling short of the 301 votes needed for election include Don Drysdale (243), Gil Hodges (241), Harmon Killebrew (239), Hoyt Wilhelm (238), and Juan Marichal (233).
» September 21, 1981: Steve Carlton fans 12 Expos in 10 innings to break Bob Gibson's National League strikeout record (Carlton now has 3,128), but the Phillies lose to the Expos 10 in 17 innings. Montreal's Bryn Smith retires just one batter, but picks up his first ML victory.
» August 26, 1991:
Bret Saberhagen of the Royals hurls a no-hitter against the White Sox, winning by a 7-0 count. He strikes out five while walking only 2. Charlie Hough takes the loss for Chicago, becoming the 7th pitcher in history to wind up on the losing side of more than one no-hitter. Saberhagen also becomes the 3rd pitcher in history to throw a no-hitter, win a Cy Young Award, and be named World Series MVP, joining Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson.
» August 4, 1997: The Twins beat the Blue Jays, 93, as Brad Radke ties a team record with his 12th straight win. Greg Colbrunn's pinch-hit grand slam, off Chris Carpenter, is the big blow. Radke is only the 3rd pitcher since 1950 to win 12 consecutive starts. Bob Gibson of St. Louis did it in 1968 and Pat Dobson did it with Baltimore in 1971.
» April 18, 1998:
The Cardinals unveiled a bronze statute of Bob Gibson outside Busch Stadium, then beat the Phils, 65.