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Crazy is when you are batting against Bob Gibson with the "dim" lights in Watertown, South Dakota. "I listened for the sound". The ball hit my bat and disappeared over the fence.
"Now That was crazy". There were 7 future MLB players in this College Summer League game.
Bob Gibson was an absolute beast. IMO he doesn’t get near the credit he deserves
He was great, no doubt. Overshadowed a bit in that era by Sandy Koufax who was even better (though Koufax had a much shorter career) and Tom Seaver who had more great seasons than Gibson
Gibson's 1968 stats are absolutely jaw dropping. Perhaps my favorite: From June 6th to June 26th he pitched five consecutive complete game shutouts.
Don Drysdale pitched six consecutive shutouts thst season and 58 2/3 consecutive shutout innings.
yes, outstanding. Fortunately I had the opportunity to visit with the Dodgers players and Coaches.
It was a special time. My friends with the Giants, Tom Haller, Willie and Juan M.
I likes how when Bob got on base, he didn't wear the "pitcher's jacket." He said he was a baserunner.
With current trends in MLB, there are a number of remarkable pitching performances not likely to be seen again.
Harvey Haddux 12 inning perfect game (spoiled in the 13th by a Joe Adcock HR.) The SI cover photo really portrayed the depth of his exhaustion and despair.
Marichal and Spahn dueling for 15 innings in a 0-0 game ended in the 16th by a Mays HR, with both throwing over 200 pitches. My personal perspective is the greatness of Marichal got lost in the era of Koufax and Gibson, but will also acknowledge the bat incident didn’t help him.
Do you remember Tom Haller? Tom was the SF Giants catcher and later GM. He was my teammate in the Western Canadian Summer League.
I asked Tom "if you have one game to win, who would your pitch"?
He said "Juan Marichal". He throw 3 pitches from three different angles.
Or some of this guys accomplishments: 24 wins with 44 decisions one season & starting both games of a doubleheader. Those won't happen again.