1953Named to All-State Basketball team as senior from Omaha Tech.
1956Averages 22 points per game on basketball scholarship to Creighton University.
1957Recruited by Harlem Globetrotters.
1958Attends spring training with St. Louis Cardinals.
1959Named Cardinals relief pitcher.
1961Moved to starting pitcher.
1962More than 200 season strikeouts.
1962Named to National League All-Star Team ... first of 9.
1964Strikes out record 31 batters in World Series ... Cardinals National Champs.
1967Pitches three complete games in which he only allowed three earned runs. Hits a home run in game 7. Leads Cards to second World Series victory.
1968Won National League MVP. Set record with 1.12 ERA.
1968League establishes "Gibson Rules" lowering mound and shrinking strike zone.
1971Pitches no hitter.
1981Cardinals retire Gibson's #45.
1981Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame.
2012Omaha fans join together to place a Gibson statue at Werner Park. Play your part ... donate today!
The second annual banquet on April 22 at Embassy Suites LaVista will focus on celebrating the area's rich baseball heritage.
Help us go forward as we continue the Bob Gibson Heritage Project by supporting and attending this wonderful event. Cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and the program at 7:45 p.m.
Tickets are $100 each or $250 for a VIP ticket and feature a meal with silent auction and the opportunity to see featured guests in an unique round-table discussion. Join our honorary chairs: Warren Buffett-Berkshire Hathaway, Dr. Linda Ford-The Asthma & Allergy Center, Mike Hogan-Hogan & Co., Jay R. Lerner-The Lerner Co., Clarence L. Werner-Werner Enterprises and Lyn Wallin Ziegenbein-Director Emerita, Peter Kiewit Foundation and make your reservations today.
These individuals and organizations have joined with the Bob Gibson Heritage Project. Their example is inspiretional.
This year's featured guest will be Jack McKeon, who guided the fledgling Omaha Royals to championships in the Triple-A American Association in 1969 and 1970. After four seasons in Omaha, he moved up to Kansas City where he began a Major League managerial career that spanned five decades.
McKeon won over 1,000 games as a Major League manager with the Royals, A's, Padres, Reds, and finally the Florida Marlins. At 72, he was the oldest manager to win a World Series when the led the Marlins to the championship. In 2011, he became the second-oldest manager in Major League history at 80 when he led the Marlins for a partial season.
He will be joined by Frank White, who played for the Omaha Royals in 1973 before moving up to Kansas City and playing for Jack McKeon. White, a member of the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame, spent his entire 18-year career with Kansas City, helping the Royals to the 1985 World Series title, earning eight Gold Gloves and making five All-Star game appearances.
We're also pleased to welcome Bill Beck to the panel. Bill was the first business manager and play-by-play announcer for the Omaha Royals when Jack McKeon managed. Bill has been in baseball as a PR/radio man for many years. Bill and Jack are both listed as Assistant to the Owner of the Miami Marlins.
Also on hand will be Jeff Idelson, the President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, as well as other special guests.
The project team knew it would take a world-class artist to capture the athleticism and determination that Bob put into every pitch. After reviewing the work of artists nationwide, the perfect sculptor ended up being surprisingly close to home.
Littleton Alston has been sculpting for nearly three decades. His work in bronze has captured the energy and spirit of such notables as Dr. Martin Luther King, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, George Washington Carver and numerous mythic figures. Amazingly, he is also a current associate professor of sculpture at Bob Gibson's alma mater, Creighton University.
For the Bob Gibson statue, Alston has created a study of balance and form just moments after the release of a mighty pitch. Here you can see images of the scale maquette produced for reference.
The final statue is eight feet tall and installed in its own courtyard at Werner Park.