Baseball fans will tell you that among the most dominant pitchers of the last 50 years was St. Louis Cardinals Bob Gibson. With over 250 career wins, a dominant arm and an intensity that few others could match, Gibson was a force with which to be reckoned. Gibson was a nine-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, he won two Cy Young Awards and the 1968 National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award. In 1981, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Gibson was also one of those athletes who played two professional sports. In 1957, he did a tour of duty with the premier pro basketball team of his era, The Harlem Globetrotters. Lemon earned the nickname “Bullet” and becoming famous for backhanded dunks.
How good was he? According to the most famous Globetrotter ever, Meadowlark Lemon: “I thought Bob was a better basketball player than a baseball player. I think Bob could have played with any NBA team. He was that good.”
Yes. He was that good.