Bob Gibson is known as one of the best pitchers in the history of Major League Baseball. Gibson had an excellent career that lasted 17 years. One of the notable things about Gibson is that he played with the same time for the entire duration of the years. After playing with the St. Louis Cardinals for so many years he was seen by many people as the face of the team.\nGibson was born on the 9th of November in 1935 in Omaha, Nebraska. He had a tough life as his father passed away just months before his before from tuberculosis. He himself suffered from serious medical conditions while he was young, but managed to overcome them to begin playing sports while he was still young.\nHe was not only a baseball player when he was young, but also a great basketball player. While in high school he was named to the All-State basketball team by a Nebraska newspaper and received a scholarship to play basketball for Creighton University.\nHe was an excellent basketball player, averaging 22 point per game in his junior year. When he graduated he was courted by the Harlem Globetrotters and the St. Louis Cardinals. He signed with the Cardinals, but he decided to put off his professional baseball career with the Cardinals in order to play a season with the Globetrotters. He would actually continue playing basketball during his time with the Cardinals until the team paid him to stop playing basketball.\nHis first season in the big leagues with the Cardinals was in 1959. He was initially a relief pitcher, but that would not last for his whole career.\nOver the course of his career he would rack up a lot of amazing statistics. His first all-star game came in 1962. Interestingly enough there were two all-star games that season and he was named to both teams. Over the course of his career he would make 9 all-star teams.\nThrough the 1960s Gibson was a very important player to the Cardinals. He helped the team win a World Series in both 1964 and 1967. He was well known for his clutch performances in the playoffs in which he carried his team to victory on several occasions.\nIn 1968 Gibson would win the first Cy Young Award of his career. He was not only the Cy Young that season, but he also won other awards. He won his 3rd Gold Glove that season and also was named the National League Most Valuable Player and the NL TSN Pitcher of the Year.\n1970 would bring Gibson another NL Cy Young Award. He also was named the NL TSN Pitcher of the Year again that season and won a Gold Glove. Over the course of his career he managed to win 9 Gold Gloves. These Gold Gloves actually came in consecutive seasons from 1965-1973.\nGibson accumulated 251 wins, 3117 strikeouts and a 2.91 ERA over the course of his career. He was voted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981 on the first ballot. He received votes from 84 percent of voters.