Thursday, February 2, 2012

1961 Topps Bob Gibson. Time Out of Mind.

May 21, 1961 Cardinals at Cubs Bob Gibson set a career high with 11 strikeouts. He threw a complete game shutout, the second of his career, allowing just 4 hits & 4 walks.

The Cubs featured four future Hall of Famers in the line up batting fourth through sixth was Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, and Billy Williams & pinch hitting for Al Hiest was Richie Ashburn. The four combined accounted for three of the four hits and three of the four walks. Billy Williams got the only extra base hit.

In the bottom of the sixth with the game tied at 0 and two outs, and Richie Ashburn on 3rd, Gibson intentionally walks Ernie Banks to face Ron Santo, whom strikes out looking.

It was an eventful game for Gibson who scored the tie breaking run and then tacked on a insurance run with an RBI double. He was also hit by a pitch.

In Gibby's final start of 1961, he again threw a complete game shutout this time versus the Phillies which served as a harbinger for the rest of his career.

About the card.
1961 Topps is really nice basic design. I wish the team name was bigger but other than that it tells you what you need to know. This particular slab sold for $420.78 on eBay on January 31st by prewarcardcollector whom have some really beautiful high grade cards. Truly remarkable that the card was found in this condition and now that it's in a slab we can be assured it will stay that way.

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