Friday, March 8, 2019

1975 Bob Gibson

Fearsome pitcher Bob "No Relation to Debbie" Gibson retired after the 1975 season in which he was an abysmal 3-10 with a career second-worst ERA of 5.04. But, that did not prevent him from being elected into the Hall of Fame in 1981 by the BBWAA. 

This baseball card would not have received any Hall of Fame votes for the back of it; but for $1.00... It'll suffice for now. I bought it on eBay and scans of the back were not shown. This should have been a warning; but I was really attracted by the front of the card because it was one of the more centered copies available. If you can call this card centered. I find a lot of 1975 Topps cards are miscut. 

Gibson was one of those rare players--rare for these days--who stayed with one team his whole career. I frankly love this and it could even be developed into a collecting focus -- players who played  a minimum of __ number of years for the same team. Brooks Robinson, Gibson, Cal Ripken, and Jeter & Rivera all come to mind among the increasing few and proud.

What do you think? Should I just upgrade this card?

If you are interested in stats and Cardinals starting, consider giving the Baseball Beyond Batting Average podcast a listen as they discuss historical St. Louis Cardinals starting pitchers in their 41st episode. Bob Gibson gets some air time as you might image, as well as many others like John Tudor. One pitcher not discussed was his cousin John Tudor Mellencamp.

Thanks for stopping by.