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!

1953 Named to All-State Basketball team as senior from Omaha Tech 1956 Averages 22 points per game on basketball scholarship to Creighton University  1957 Recruited by Harlem Globetrotters 1958 Attends spring training with St. Louis Cardinals 1959 Named Cardinals relief pitcher 1961 Moved to strting pitcher 1962 More than 200 season strikeouts 1962 Named to National League All-Star Team ... first of 9 1964 Strikes out record 31 betters in World Series ... Cardinals National Champs 1967 Pitches 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. 1968 Won National League MVP. Set record with 1.12 ERA 1968 League establishes "GIbson Rules" lowering mound and shrinking strike zone 1971 Pitches no hitter 1981 Cardinal retire Gibson's #45 1981 Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame 2012 Omaha fans join together to place a Gibson statue at Werner Park. Play your part, donate today!

The 2014 Banquet

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.

Honor Wall

Thank you to our donors!

These individuals and organizations have joined with the Bob Gibson Heritage Project. Their example is inspiretional.

  • John Besta
  • Mark and Connie Fischer
  • Jerry and Ronda Strawn
  • Randa Zalman
  • Mel & Char Anderson
  • Bob & Karen Lepp
  • Jeff Kluch
  • Brandon Raddish
  • Bob & Sandy Sanderson
  • Doug Huggins
  • John & Mellissa Murante
  • Jeff & Mary Reeves
  • Jim Jagasits
  • Wayne Bena
  • Fred Uhe
  • Jennifer Schmaderer
  • Brent and Denise Baker
  • Ron Handke
  • Lee Kenneth Polikov & Terry Calek
  • Bob Pojar
  • Jeremy Rasmussen
  • Jordan Eggli
  • Ben Kratz
  • Randy Tranmer
  • Frank &Elaine Payton
  • Jan & Patty Huff
  • Mark Morrisey
  • Aaron Salmi
  • Tori Conley
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The Project

The Bob Gibson Heritage Project was begun to help commemorate Bob's - and Omaha's - place in sports history. With the help of many dedicated supporters, a bronze statue of Bob is now in place at the entrance to Werner Park.

Now, the project is going forward. The next stage will include a brick walkway near the statue. This "Walk of Fame" will recognize the native-born Nebraskans who are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Grover Cleveland Alexander, Richie Ashburn, Wade Boggs, "Wahoo" Sam Crawford and Billy Southworth all are a part of the state's rich baseball heritage.

When completed, the "Walk of Fame" will honor these Nebraska greats, highlighting their careers and contributions to the national pastime. Our vision includes the Gibson statue and displays to their greatness, as well as an area for public art and a community gathering spot for future generations.

The annual banquets, celebrating the contribution of baseball to our local and national heritage, are designed to facilitate the completion of our vision and also to help expand baseball opportunities in the metro area.

Please join us.

Bob Gibson Statue at Werner Park
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Captured In Bronze

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.

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Bob Gibson News Article, click for pdf version.

Bob Gibson News Article, click for pdf version.

Bob Gibson News Article, click for pdf version.

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Bob Gibson Glove and ball from 3,000th strike out.

The ball Bob Gibson threw for his 3,000th strikeout in 1974 along with a glove he used during his career.

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Bob Gibson's Career

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2011 World Series

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1968 World Series

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First Pitch 2011

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