May 7, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 45, Bob Gibson (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, Joe Posnanski will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

“Are you from Sports Illustrated?” Bob Gibson asked, and I nodded because in those days I was from Sports Illustrated. He glared at me for a moment — that famous glare, the one that used to pierce through hitters. He seemed to be thinking hard about something and then his face softened as if whatever it was, whatever he was thinking about, well, it happened a long time ago and didn’t need to be brought up again.

And just then a man walked up to him. He was an older man, older than Gibson, and he wore thick glasses and white hair stuck out of the crumpled Cardinals hat on his head.

“Mr. Gibson,” this man said. “Oh, do I…

Read “The Baseball 100: No. 45, Bob Gibson” at The Athletic