The Cardinals 5K was established in 2020 in partnership with Bally Sports Midwest to raise funds for the Cardinals Care Redbird Rookies Program, a free youth softball and baseball program, and Girls on the Run St. Louis, a transformational youth development program which creatively integrates running. Each year, the Cardinals will honor a Hall of Famer in conjunction with the Cardinals 5K, to highlight that individual’s contributions to the community. The Hall of Famer's number will be featured on the finisher’s medallion that each race registrant will receive.
This year the Cardinals will honor Bob Gibson, who died at the age of 84 on October 2, 2020. Bob Gibson ranks as the greatest pitcher in Cardinals' history. Gibson, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981, ranks first all-time among Cardinals pitchers in wins (251), games started (482), complete games (255), shutouts (56), innings pitched (3,884.1) and strikeouts (3,117) along with a 2.91 ERA.
Gibson, the National League Most Valuable Player recipient in 1968, was a nine-time All-Star, winning the N.L. Cy Young Award for pitching excellence in both 1968 and 1970. “Gibby” was a member of three (1964, 1967 and 1968) Cardinals World Series teams, winning the title in both 1964 and 1967.
"Bob Gibson was arguably one of the best athletes and among the fiercest competitors to ever play the game of baseball,"
- Cardinals' Principal Owner & Chief Executive Officer William O. DeWitt, Jr.
In addition to his accomplishments on the baseball diamond, Gibson contributed to the community off the field through his philanthropic efforts. Gibson hosted an annual golf classic in Omaha for 12 years, raising millions of dollars for local and national charities, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Omaha, the Arthritis Foundation and the Baseball Assistance Team, where he served on the board of directors.
For more on Gibson’s baseball career visit cardinals.com/gibson.