Eight-time MLB All-Star, two-time Cy Young winner and 1968 MVP Bob Gibson turned 81 years old on Nov. 9, 2016. Standing tall on the high pitching mounds of the 1960s, few pitchers insisted on owning the inner half of the plate the way Gibson did. In his autobiography, the Hall of Famer wrote that he threw nine pitches: "two different fastballs, two sliders, a curve, a change-up, knockdown, brushback, and hit-batsman." Here, we present these classic SI photos of the St. Louis Cardinals pitcher nicknamed "Gibby" and "Hoot" (a reference to western film star Hoot Gibson).

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