Great Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals fights pancreatic cancer.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch announced that the cancer had been diagnosed several weeks ago in the 83-year-old Hall of Fame and revealed this new Saturday to the other members of the Hall of Fame.
Gibson's long-time agent, Dick Zitzmann, told the post-expedition that Gibson had visited Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and had been hospitalized in his home town of Omaha, Nebraska, during last two weeks. According to Zitzmann, chemotherapy should begin Monday in Omaha.
The newspaper reported that the news went public Saturday night when Hall of Fame member Jack Morris, who broadcast a Minnesota Twins game, spoke about it after receiving notification. The reception of the cardinals has also been notified.
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Gibson was 251-174 with an average of 2.91 in 17 seasons with the Cardinals from 1959 to 1975. The right-hander led St. Louis to World Series titles in 1964 and 1967, and to the National League pennant in 1968. He had 7-2 in nine world series starts.