#4: Defeating the Pitcher’s Pitcher, Bob Gibson
The year 1968 is known as the Year of the Pitcher and for a good reason. Pitchers were unbelievable that year and the best of the best was Bob Gibson, who pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals. It is also a well-known fact that 1968 belonged to the Detroit Tigers, who also had some of the best pitchers in the game: Mickey Lolich and Denny McLain.
In Game One, Gibson pitched 17 strike outs. He held the Tigers to one run in Game One and Game Four. But, in Game Seven, the Tigers managed to win, scoring four runs. To put this in perspective, Gibson ended the 1968 World Series with a 1.67 ERA. He played in the World Series in 1964, 1967, and 1968. In the 1968 World Series, his strike-out to walk ratio was 8.75. He only lost two playoff games, ever.