"From where I sat, crouched behind the plate," former Cardinal Tim McCarver writes in the 2018 Cardinals Yearbook, "no one had a better view of Bob Gibson in 1968. What a sight to behold."
Thirteen shutouts. Twenty-eight complete games. A franchise-record for consecutive games won (15). Each time Bob Gibson put on his scowl, hitched up his pants and strode to the mound in '68, he authored a new chapter in a year defined by pitching dominance. As hurlers from Hollywood to the Motor City disarmed hitters and decimated records, Gibson stood a cut above, with his masterly mix of shutouts, streaks and strikeouts culminating in a 1.12 ERA that raised the bar (and helped lower the mound) for every pitcher since.
On the 50th anniversary of this pitching tour-de-force, the 2018 Cardinals Yearbook -"Gibby's Glory: 1968 and the Year of the Pitcher" - salutes the man and the season that re-wrote the record books. Inside this gorgeous 192-page keepsake …
- No. 45 reflects on his once-in-a-lifetime season in an exclusive sit-down interview.
- Opponents from 1968 share memories of doing battle vs. Gibson: "Like getting a tooth pulled," recalls Hank Aaron. "You just hope it doesn't hurt too much."
- In the first collection of its kind, go inside every Gibson start - from the season-opener through Game 7 of the World Series - to learn the details, color and clubhouse reaction each time he took the mound.
- Relive all the key stories that defined 1968 as pitching's greatest year, from Don Drysdale's scoreless innings streak to Denny McLain's 31 victories.
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