Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer on opening day 2018.

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Cardinals Honor Bob Gibson with New #CompleteGamer Song, Fan Campaign

April 16, 2018 - 8:25 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Cardinals have created a Hamilton-style song that honors Hall of Fame pitcher, Bob Gibson.

The song uses Gibson’s 1968 autobiography "From Ghetto to Glory" as its inspiration.  Cardinals vice president Ron Watermon says all summer they'll be honoring Gibson using "#CompleteGamer" on social media because he actually has more complete games to his name than number of victories - he leads the Cardinals in both categories, in case you're wondering.

And if you know a "complete gamer" yourself, the Cardinals want to know about them. 

“What we’re going to be asking fans to is nominate people in their lives that they know that embody those characteristics. We will highlight one of those fans each week, they will receive a baseball signed by Bob Gibson with the hashtag ‘complete gamer,” Watermon says.

Whether it’s a teacher, nurse, volunteer, musician, athlete, etc., the Cardinals want fans to nominate individuals they believe epitomize Gibson’s unrivalled commitment to excellence, ability to overcome challenges and demonstrated drive to achieve at the highest level to be the best that he or she can be.  Fans can nominate someone through an online submission form at cardinals.com/Gibson.  

Watermon says one of their goals this summer is to connect generations of Cardinals fans, especially those who are younger and might not know about what Bob Gibson did on the field, let alone his incredible life story.

Bob Gibson ranks as the greatest pitcher in Cardinals' history. A glance at the record book supports the claim. On the franchise's career lists, the right-hander is first in wins (251), complete games (255), shutouts (56), innings pitched (3,884.1) and strikeouts (3,117). He is second in games pitched (528) and tied for ninth in ERA (2.91).

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