Rather than rehash everything Keri wrote, below are a few of the most mindnumbing stats for Gibson that year:
- His 1.12 ERA was the lowest figure in a season not played in the Deadball era
- Gibson completed 28 of his 34 starts, 13 of them for shutouts
- 268 strikeouts
- From June 2 through July 30, Gibson threw 99 innings -- and gave up two runs. According to baseball researcher Bill Deane, the two runs Gibson allowed were the result of bad luck more than anything. One came on a catchable wild pitch, the other on a bloop double that landed inches fair. Earlier that season, Don Drysdale set the record for most consecutive scoreless innings with 58 2/3. Orel Hershiser would break that record 20 years later with 59. Yet Gibson's streak is regarded by many as the most dominant stretch of pitching in major league history.
- Denny McLain, who won 31 games in 1968, faced Gibson in Game 1 of the World Series that year and McLain's 1.96 ERA ranked fourth in the AL, behind Dave McNally (1.95), Sudden Sam McDowell (1.81), and Luis Tiant (1.60)
- His 17 strikeouts in Game 1 of the 1968 World Series set a World Series record that still stands.
Take a look at his game log to the right. Note that he went PAST 9 innings 5 times. Can you imagine the fall-out if today's pitchers were used the same way? Joba Rules? Ha!!!
And the aftermath of 1968:
- After the 1968 season in which major leaguers batted .237 and in which 21 percent of all games were shutouts, the height of the mound was reduced to 10 inches.
- From 1903 through 1968, this height limit was set at 15 inches, but was often slightly higher, sometimes as high as 20 inches (50.8 cm), especially for teams that emphasized pitching, such as the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were reputed to have the highest mound in the majors