The world of baseball mourns the loss of the legendary flamethrower, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, Bob Gibson, who recently passed away at the age of 84.
The official Twitter account for the Major League Baseball recently confirmed that the legendary St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, Bob Gibson has passed away. The tweet announced:
"We mourn the passing of Bob Gibson, a Hall of Famer and two-time World Series champion. He was 84."
Portrait of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, Bob Gibson on April 14, 1972. | Photo: Getty Images
The tweet also included a photo of the popularly loved pitcher wearing his famous Cardinals jersey and holding a baseball to match. Affectionately nicknamed the "Flamethrower," Gibson passed away on October 2 after living a life filled with great accomplishments and making an impact on many people.
The famous pitcher reportedly died due to pancreatic cancer, a year after he revealed through his agent that he was battling the disease.
The flamethrower was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1935 as the youngest of his parents' seven children. Even as a young boy, Gibson suffered many health conditions including rickets and even a heart murmur. With the same sheer will and determination that he became known for, the legend fought hard to make it through.
The induction came years after he retired following the 1975 season.
After playing basketball and baseball in high school, Gibson went on to play basketball at Creighton University and won a full athletic scholarship. The late baseball legend first joined the St. Louis Cardinals in 1959 after spending some time as a player for the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.
He started building his legacy when he signed with the Cardinals. Gibson played all 17 seasons of his incredible career with the MLB team and became a nine-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion, and a Gold Glove winner.
In 1981, his first year of eligibility, the athlete was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The induction came years after he retired following the 1975 season. The world of baseball and beyond mourns the death of this great man who left an unforgettable legacy and story behind him.