Bob Gibson's Agent: 'He's Determined To Fight' Pancreatic Cancer

"He is hopeful for a full recovery and is determined to fight."

Tom Ackerman
July 13, 2019 - 11:22 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Dick Zitzmann, longtime agent to Cardinals Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, provided the following statement Saturday night to KMOX:

"Bob Gibson confirmed to me last week that he received his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer after a week of tests at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He is currently in an Omaha hospital expecting to be released (Sunday) tomorrow. He is also expected to start chemotherapy treatment next week. He is hopeful for a full recovery and is determined to fight."

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Zitzmann joined our Tom Ackerman on KMOX's "Sports on a Sunday Morning" with an update. There's an agreemtent by everyone, that actually cancer is the one that will have a very difficult fight on its hands. 

"(Gibson) is up for the fight, he's up for the challenge and he's going to battle all the way through," Zitzmann says. 

Zitzmann, told St. Louis media that Gibson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer several weeks ago and has since been hospitalized in his native Omaha, Neb. for the past two weeks.

Renowned for his fierce competitive nature and intimidating presence on the mound, Gibson pitched more complete games (255) in his 17-year career with the Cardinals than he had wins (251). He also hit 24 career home runs and collected nine Gold Glove awards.

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He is the Cardinals all-time leader in innings pitched (3885.1), wins (251), strikeouts (3117), complete games (255) and shutouts (56). 

During his 17-year career with the club, Gibson won two N.L. Cy Young Awards (1968, 1970), the N.L. MVP Award (1968), nine Gold Glove Awards, two World Series MVP Awards (1964, 1967), hit 24 home runs and was named an All-Star nine times.  His 1.12 ERA in 1968 remains the lowest for a single-season in Major League history.  He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.