Brock and Gibson within a month.
The franchise's greatest pitcher came on the 52nd anniversary of perhaps his greatest game, a record 17-strikeout performance in Game 1 of the 1968 World Series.
I was in section 28. He broke my heart that day. I HATED him, but it was really respect as he was so good.Damn
One of the all-time greats.
I was lucky enough to see him pitch G7 in '67 from the Fenway CF cheap seats.
His '68 season was unbelievable.
RIP Mr Gibson
Gibson might have been the most athletic pitcher ever. In the 1964 World Series, Joe Pepitone hit a line drive off one of Gibson’s ankles. The ball caromed over near the third base line. Gibby pursued it with long strides, picked the ball up barehanded, spun in the air and gunned the ball to first base to retire Pepitone, who was not a slow runner.He did some time with the Harlem Globetrotters.
Bill Lee said he learned a whole lot from McCarver even though he was only with the Sox a short time in 75.McCarver then went on to become Steve Carlton’s personal catcher in Philadelphia. Say what you want about McCarver but he had a distinguished playing career.
I don't know, nor recall if they raised the mound in '68, but it was lowered in '69. (I think by 5 inches)They lowered the mound in 69 after they had raised it for the 68 season I believe.
This is fucking awesome.I did a fantasy camp with my older brother and father when Gibson was in his '50's. I got to bat against him and was like 10 at the time. He probably threw in the 70's to me and other kids and over the plate and just fastballs (not so against the adults. I don't recall anyone doing much of anything against him).
Anyhow I got a dribbler through the infield and managed to get on first base. The dude then picked me off. Cepeda was the first baseman and I could tell he wanted to tell Gibson to let me stay on the bag, but Gibson wasn't having it. My dad was just like "Don't argue with him."
I have a picture with him just sitting in the dugout not smiling with me. Not that I cared. Bob freaking Gibson.