Bob Gibson, who won 251 games during a Hall of Fame career with the St. Louis Cardinals, is being treated for pancreatic cancer.
Gibson’s condition was first reported Saturday by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The 83-year-old, who starred at Omaha Tech High and later Creighton, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer several weeks ago, his longtime agent, Dick Zitzmann, told the Post-Dispatch.
Gibson has been hospitalized in Omaha for the past two weeks, Zitzmann said. He also has visited Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
According to Zitzmann, Gibson likely will begin chemotherapy on Monday in Omaha.
News of Gibson’s condition became public Saturday, when Hall of fame pitcher Jack Morris — broadcasting a Minnesota Twins game — said he received notification about Gibson.
In a World-Herald interview June 22, Gibson acknowledged recent health issues but didn’t detail them.
“When you don’t feel good these days, you don’t really question it," he said. "You just go see the doctor and say ‘I don’t feel good,’ and he gives you a list of things. He says, ‘Here’s your choice, which one would you rather have?’”
With Gibson’s famous toughness, most of his admirers imagined he'd live to see 100.
“Well, I’m still thinking that," he said. "Having a setback doesn’t mean anything until that guy comes with that black cape at your door. If he gets on my front door, he’s gonna have a fight on his hands.”
Gibson was 251-174 with a 2.91 ERA from 1959 to 1975 with the Cardinals. The right-hander led St. Louis to World Series titles in 1964 and 1967, and the National League pennant in 1968. He was 7-2 in nine World Series starts.
Gibson won the NL Cy Young Award and MVP in 1968, when he went 22-9 with a 1.12 ERA and 13 shutouts. He still holds club records for wins, complete games, shutouts and strikeouts.
Gibson, who also excelled at track and played basketball at Creighton, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. He is also ranked No. 1 on The Nebraska 100, the list compiled of the greatest athletes in state history.
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Bob Gibson was a versatile athlete at Tech High, participating in baseball, basketball and track and field.
Omaha Tech's Bob Gibson won basketball All-Intercity League honors in 1953.
Bob Gibson with veteran Chicago catcher Andy Sommer in 1953. The Chicagos played the Hi-Ways in a sandlot game at Christie Field at 36th and Q Streets on Aug. 9, 1953.
Omaha Tech's Bob Gibson played basketball at Creighton University in 1955 and in the summer joined Bob Boozer on the Y Travelers team coached by his older brother Josh.
Creighton basketball player Bob Gibson splits defenders Don Poppen, left, and Jerry Kreykes for a layup in 1956.
Creighton Alumni Association President Jim Green presents a watch and a pen-pencil set to Bob Gibson, voted the Most Valuable Bluejay in 1956.
Bob Gibson as an Omaha Cardinal in 1958, his second year as a pro.
Bob Gibson suffers broken leg in batting practice after freak accident in 1962.
Bob Gibson's 1963 Topps baseball card.
Bob Gibson and Cardinals manager Johnny Keane in the spring of 1963 before Gibson's fifth season.
Newly minted World Series MVP Bob Gibson steps off of a plane at Eppley Airfield, starting "Bob Gibson Day" in Omaha in 1964.
The day after beating the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the World Series in 1964, Bob Gibson rode through the neighborhood where he grew up in a Buick convertible, receiving a hero's welcome.
Bob Gibson stops to toss a ball to a young man who came equipped with a catcher's mask and mitt as children line the streets in 1964 after Gibson was named World Series MVP.
This bunch, from Lake School, was symbolic of the groups who turned out to welcome Bob Gibson home to Omaha the on Oct. 16, the day after he was named World Series MVP in 1964.
Bob Gibson with daughters Renee (left) and Annette in 1964.
Bob Gibson, left, with Gale Sayers at Near North YMCA in 1965.
Bob Gibson with Clint Howard in a promo photo for "Gentle Ben," which aired in 1968.
Bob Gibson is congratulated by Vice President Hubert Humphrey in the locker room after Gibson won his seventh straight World Series game of his career to tie a record. The Cardinals beat the Detroit Tigers 10-1 in Game 4 of the 1968 World Series to take a 3-1 series lead.
Bob Gibson, left, and Bob Boozer at the opening ceremonies of the first Time-Out restaurant in Omaha in 1969.
Bob Gibson displays his 1968 Cy Young Award at his home in 1970. He won the award again in 1970.
St. Louis Cardinal Bob Gibson in 1971.
Bob Gibson at Rosenblatt Stadium in 1994.
George Brett and Bob Gibson shake hands after Gibson caught Brett's honorary first pitch at Werner Park in 2011.
Former MLB pitcher and Omaha native Bob Gibson speaking at the Bob Gibson Heritage Project banquet in 2013.
A photo of Bob Gibson, believed to be one of the earliest of Omaha's baseball great, was appraised for $500-$1,000 at an "Antiques Roadshow" event in 2015.
From left, Bob Gibson, Marlin Briscoe, Johnny Rodgers and Ron Boone pose for a picture during a special dinner "An Evening With the Magician" honoring Marlin Briscoe in 2016.