Gibson, (Robert) Bob(1935– ) baseball pitcher; born in Omaha, Nebr. During his 17-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals (1959–75), the right-hander won 251 games and the league Most Valuable Player award in 1968; in that season, his earned-run average (1.12) was the fourth lowest in major league history. A ferocious competitor, he was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1981.
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