As a young man in Omaha, Gibson excelled at baseball and basketball in high school. He played college basketball at Creighton University and had a brief stint with the Harlem Globetrotters.
In 1957, he signed with the Cardinals, and made his big-league debut in 1959.
His 17 years with St. Louis were awesome: 251 victories, 255 complete games, 3,117 strikeouts, 56 shutouts, and an ERA of 2.91. His 1968 season may have been the greatest modern pitching performance: 22-9, 13 shutouts, 28 complete games and an unbelievable 1.12 ERA! And he won game 7 in the 1964 & 1967 World Series!