Bob Gibson, the Hall of Fame St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he wrote in a message to living Hall of Famers.
Gibson, who will be 84 in November, said he has been diagnosed at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and will undergo chemotherapy in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Physicians have hospitalized Gibson for the past two weeks
Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were scheduled for Sunday in Cooperstown, New York, but Gibson said he would not attend because of his illness.
He is one the greatest pitchers in Cardinals’ history, winning 251 games and completing 255. He threw 56 shutouts and had 3,117 strikeouts. In 1971, he threw a no-hitter and in 1968, he posted a record-setting earned run average of 1.12. Gibson pitched nine post-season games in three World Series for the Cardinals, winning seven of them.
He won the Cy Young Award for pitchers twice and the Most Valuable Player in 1968. Major League Baseball inducted Gibson into the Hall of Fame in 1981.
St. Louis has named a street in his honor.