Thursday, February 5, 2009


Just finished watching MLB Network's "Baseball Seasons" 1968--the Year of the Pitcher.  Was it ever.  Bob Gibson had a regular season ERA of 1.12.  Seven pitchers had ERAs under 2.00, and we all know that Denny McClain won 31 games for the Tigers that year.  Bob Gibson and Denny McClain both won the Cy Young and the league MVP that year, the only time pitchers have swept the awards in both leagues.

It was an insane confluence of pitching.  Bob Gibson pitched 18 scoreless innings in the World Series.  There was a perfect game and four no-hitters.  Many hitters saw their batting averages plummet by 30 points or more off their career averages.  The New York Yankees batted .214 as team, lowest in club history.

Anyway, it was well worth the watch.

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