Bob Gibson, Pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals
How good of an athlete was Gibson? The muscular 6’2” gym rat averaged more than 20 points per game on the Creighton basketball team, and before reporting to the Cardinals, he played for a time with the Harlem Globetrotters, where he earned the nickname “Bullet” and became famous for his reverse dunks. His roommate, Meadowlark Lemon, once said that Gibson was a better basketball player than a baseball player, which is almost hard to believe, because on the mound he was spectacular. The hard-throwing righty was twice named World Series MVP, and in 1968 he won both the NL Cy Young Award and the NL MVP. Which wasn’t accomplished again until 2014.
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