Stewart mourns death of iconic Cardinals pitcher Gibson

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The baseball world lost a legend Friday when Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson died at the age of 84 in Omaha, Nebraska, following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Former A's pitcher and current NBC Sports California analyst Dave Stewart, he lost an idol.

Gibson, one of the best pitchers in the history of Major League Baseball, played his entire 17-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals. From 1959 through 1975, Gibson went 251-174 with a 2.91 ERA and 3,117 strikeouts. He won the NL MVP in 1968 after going 22-9 with a 1.12 ERA. Gibson also won two NL Cy Young awards, was named to nine NL All-Star teams, won two World Series and was named World Series MVP both times.

As Stewart pointed out in his tweet, Gibson was a member of the "Black Aces," a group of Black pitchers who won at least 20 games in a season. There are 12 original members who accomplished the feat between 1951 and 1990. Gibson won at least 20 games five times in his career, while Stewart did it four times.

Tony La Russa, who managed Stewart with the A's and later served as the manager of the Cardinals, also paid his respects to Gibson on Twitter.

Gibson's death comes less than a month after Lou Brock, another Cardinals icon, died at the age of 81.

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