Bob Gibson starred at Omaha Tech and Creighton in both baseball and basketball before embarking upon a Hall of Fame career for the St. Louis Cardinals, a journey that included spending parts of three seasons with the Omaha Cardinals minor league team. He also played basketball briefly with the Harlem Globetrotters. With St. Louis, Gibson won 251 games, struck out 3,117 batters, won an MVP Award (1968), two Cy Young Awards (1968 and 1970) and nine Gold Gloves. And he was perhaps the best World Series pitcher ever, with a 7-2 record, 1.89 ERA, eight complete games in nine starts, and a single-game record of 17 strikeouts. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981, the long-time Sarpy County resident has been honored with a statue outside Werner Park, which was unveiled Thursday.
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