ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and National Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson has died of cancer. He was 84-years-old.
Gibson's death was first reported by St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Rick Hummel.
The news came just minutes after the Cardinals were eliminated from the 2020 MLB Postseason in a 4-0 loss to the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
Cardinals players of past and present such as Jack Flaherty and Tommy Pham were quick to post messages of love to Gibson on social media Friday night:
Catcher Yadier Molina reacted to the news during his postgame press conference.
Gibson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July of 2019. There was positive news about Gibson's health as recently as this April, when it was reported that he was feeling well enough to come back to St. Louis
Gibson is considered one of the greatest pitching in MLB history as well as the toughest. In his 17-year career with the club, Gibson won two N.L. Cy Young Awards (1968, 1970), the N.L. MVP Award (1968), nine Gold Glove Awards, two World Series MVP Awards (1964, 1967), hit 24 home runs and was named an All-Star nine times.
His 1.12 ERA in 1968 remains the lowest for a single-season in Major League history. That season was named the "most dominant" performance in MLB history, as vote by fans on MLB.com, earlier this year.
He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.
Gibson's death follows that of his Cardinals teammate of 15 seasons, Lou Brock, who died in September.
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