RANKED: The 20 Greatest Pitchers Of All-Time

9. Bob Gibson

Teams: St. Louis Cardinals
Innings Pitched: 3,884.1
Wins: 251
Strikeouts: 3,117
WHIP: 1.19
ERA: 2.91

At one time a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, Gibson became a Hall of Fame pitcher with the Cardinals after a career that spanned 17 seasons. Pitching off a high mound, the already intimidating Gibson became absolutely terrifying. The highlight of Gibson’s career was his performance in the 1968 season, which was so dominant that it is often credited as the reason the mound was lowered five inches in 1969.

Gibson set a live-ball ERA record, finishing the season with a 1.12 ERA. In June of 1968, he won all 12 of his starts, and allowed a total of six earned runs. Gibson won the 1968 MVP, a feat no other NL pitcher would accomplish until Clayton Kershaw did so in 2014. Gibson struck out a record 17 batters in Game 1 of the World Series, but Detroit ultimately went on to win the series.

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