A tragic announcement about a beloved baseball Hall of Famer was made over the weekend.
On Saturday it was revealed that Bob Gibson, a long time member of the St. Louis Cardinals, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The sad news
Word got out about Gibson’s cancer after he revealed his condition to fellow Hall of Famers this past Saturday.
One of these Hall of Famers who received the notification was Jack Morris, who spent most of his career as a pitcher for the Detriot Tigers.
On Saturday, Morris, who is now a color commentator, was calling a Minnesota Twins game when he started speaking about Gibson’s diagnosis, which appears to be how the news became public.
Since then, more information has been provided by Dick Zitzmann, Gibson’s longtime agent.
According to Zitzmann, who spoke with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, for the past two weeks, Gibson has been hospitalized in Omaha, Nebraska, his hometown. He has also made trips to The John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for treatment.
Gibson is supposed to have begun chemotherapy today.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of the disease in existence. According to the American Cancer Society, regardless of the cancer’s stage, there is a 20 percent one-year survival rate, and only a seven percent five-year rate. But, of course, new advancements are always being made, and one never knows what the future holds.
Who is Bob Gibson?
As has been said, Gibson is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and he got there for his time as a St. Louis Cardinal, which spanned a period from 1959 to 1975.
During that time — 17 seasons in total — Gibson, a pitcher, managed a 251-174 win to loss rate, and a 2.91 ERA. With him on the mound, the Cardinals won a National League pennant in 1968, and the World series twice, once in 1964 and again in 1967. By helping to lead his team to victory in those championships, he won seven of his nine World Series starts.
Throughout the decades, Gibson earned many fans both for his playing on the field and for his class off of it. No doubt they — as well as us all — will be pulling for Gibson during this difficult time.