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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