Friday, March 2, 2012

1965 TOPPS BOB GIBSON

ONE TOUGH SON OF A BITCH.

WHEN HE TOOK THE BALL, HE WASN'T GIVING IT BACK.

THE FRONT PAGE

  • One helluva sweet card I purchased at a card show in Tampa in the late '90s. This is a blazer that nearly makes my heart skip a beat. Sorry, some cards affect me more than others.

THE BACK PAGE

  • It almost looks like the bird is taking a dump in the cartoon.
  • Bob Gibson was money in the postseason: In three series ('64, '67, '68), he went 7-2 with a 1.89 ERA. In 81 innings, he struck out 92 and walked 17. Amazingly, he finished eight of his nine postseason starts.
  • When the question is asked who is the one pitcher you'd want to start Game 7 of the World Series, is there really any debate? 

PHOTO PLAY

  • Gibson is almost smiling, which of course, was totally out of character when he took the mound. 
  • The blue cap combined with the road grays, red pennant, yellow logo and lettering make this card a masterpiece of vintage greatness.

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • Won 20 games for the first time in his career in '65 but also gave up a league-leading 34 homers.
  • There's a great story told by Dave Winfield: He said he met Gibby off the field somewhere during his rookie season. He approached: "Dave Winfield, San Diego Padres.'' He said Gibson, who was reading a paper, looked up and grunted. Winfield said he was taken aback some. When they met on the field, Winfield homered in his first at-bat. When he rounded second, they exchanged words. Next time up, Gibson, of course, knocked him down. "Right at the coconut, but I'm too quick for that,'' Winfield said. 
  • A two-time Cy Young winner ('68, '70). Of course, he's most known for his lights-out '68 season when he set the live-ball record for lowest ERA (1.12). He tossed 13 shutouts that year. From June 2 to July 30, he gave up two earned runs in 92 innings, which adds up to an 0.20 ERA. Can you say "dominant stretch''?

GIBBY WASN'T INTIMIDATING IN PERSON.

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