Bob Gibson to speak in Springfield MO

World Series pitcher to speak at benefit dinner

Bob Gibson, World Series pitcher for the 1967 St. Louis Cardinals, will be the guest speaker at the ninth annual Steak & Steak Dinner to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield at 7 p.m. April 5 at the University Plaza Convention Center.

Over 17 seasons with the Cardinals, Bob Gibson won 20 games five times and established himself as the very definition of intimidation, competitiveness, and dignity.

One of the best athletes to ever play the game, the ex-Harlem Globetrotter posted a 1.12 ERA in 1968, the lowest figure since 1914, and a factor in convincing baseball officials to lower the pitching mound the next year. Known as a premier big-game pitcher, Gibson posted World Series records of seven consecutive wins and 17 strikeouts in a game, both of which remain unbroken.

Did you know ... that Bob Gibson was a star basketball player at Creighton University and that he played with the Harlem Globetrotters from 1957-1958?

Tickets are on sale now through April 1 at the Boys & Girls Club, 1410 N. Fremont Ave. Tickets are $100 each.

Metropolitan National Bank will be the title sponsor at this year's event.

For details, call 862-9249.

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