Bob Gibson, a 251-game winner and one of the all-time World Series pitchers, was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame Thursday. A hard-throwing, tenacious competitor who spent his 17-year major league career from 1959 through 1975 with the St. Louis Cardinals, Gibson won two Cy Young Awards as the National League's top pitcher, was a 20-game winner five times, and is second to Walter Johnson on the all-time strikeout list. In World Series play he defeated the New York Yankees twice in 1964, beat Boston three times in 1967, was 7-2 overall, and is the only pitcher to win two seventh games.
Gibson is the 11th player, exlusive of the original five, elected in his first year of eligibility. His 337 votes easily exceeded the 301 needed to be named on the required 75 per cent of the ballots cash by 10-year members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. None of this year's 38 other candidates come close, with former Los Angeles pitcher Don Drysdale second at 243, followed by Gil Hodges, 241; Harmon Killebrew, 239; Hoyt Wilhelm, 238; and Juan marichal, 233.