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 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 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 suffers broken leg in batting practice after freak accident in 1962.
Bob Gibson and Cardinals manager Johnny Keane in the spring of 1963 before Gibson's fifth season.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson escapes a flying bat after a slip on a third-strike swing in 1964.
Newly minted World Series MVP Bob Gibson steps off of a plane at Eppley Airfield, starting "Bob Gibson Day" in Omaha in 1964.
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.
Bob Gibson, left, with Gale Sayers at Near North YMCA in 1965.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson is congratulated by catcher Tim McCarver and third baseman Mike Shannon following his three-hit 7 to 2 victory over the Boston Red Sox to win the 1967 World Series.
St. Louis Cardinal pitching ace Bob Gibson brushes a tear from his eye after receiving a huge gold key and handmade replica of a baseball and glove from Lake School students in 1967.
Bob Gibson when he set a World Series record by striking out 17 Detroit Tigers on Oct. 2, 1968.
St. Louis Cardinal Bob Gibson in 1971.
St. Louis Cardinals Hall-of-Famers, from left to right, Bob Gibson, Stan Musial, Lou Brock and Ozzie Smith pose for a photograph during the pregame ceremonies before the opening day game in 2003.
Omaha native and former St. Louis Cardinals baseball great Bob Gibson poses in front of the Bob Gibson statue following an unveiling ceremony outside Werner Park.
Former MLB pitcher and Omaha native Bob Gibson speaking at the Bob Gibson Heritage Project banquet in 2013.
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.