In 1968, legendary Cardinals starting pitcher Bob Gibson unanimously wins the Cy Young Award after what it arguably the best season a hurler ever had.
Gibby posted a 1.12 ERA and won 22 games. He also lost an amazing nine games, considering how dominant he was. But the St. Louis hitters averaged only 3.03 runs of support per game that he pitched.
In his losing games:
-- Gibson pitched nine innings and allowed three earned runs against the Cubs on April 20.
-- He pitched eight innings and allowed two earned runs in a 3-2 loss to Houston on May 12.
-- On May 17 Gibson went 9 2/3 innings against the Phillies to lose 1-0.
-- He lost 2-0 to the Dodgers on May 22 with 8 innings pitched and one earned runs allowed.
-- On May 28 he lost to the Giants with five hits and three earned runs allowed in eight innings.
At that point, Gibson had lost four straight games and fell to 3-5 on the season despite a 1.51 ERA.
-- He struck out 15 Pirates in a complete game loss.
-- He gave up two runs to the Giants in eight innings on Sept. 6
-- On Sept. 17 he threw eight innings and gave up one earned run at San Francisco.
-- Gibson gave up two runs in a complete game loss Sept. 22.
He posted numbers that would make Dusty Baker drool. He pitched 304 2/3 innings that season with 28 complete games and 15 shut outs.
Gibson in 1968 also earned the National League MVP Award and a Gold Glove. All for $85,000.