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Former Cardinals Great, Omaha Native Gibson Has Pancreatic Cancer

ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis Cardinals great Bob Gibson is fighting pancreatic cancer.

The 83-year-old Hall of Famer was diagnosed with the cancer several weeks ago and revealed the news Saturday to the other living Hall of Famers.

Gibson’s longtime agent, Dick Zitzmann, told the Post-Dispatch that Gibson has visited The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and has been hospitalized in his hometown of Omaha, for the past two weeks. Zitzmann said chemotherapy is likely to begin Monday in Omaha.

The news became public Saturday night when Hall of Famer Jack Morris, broadcasting a Minnesota Twins game, spoke of it, having received his notification. The Cardinals’ front office also was notified.

Gibson was a high school baseball and basketball star at Omaha Tech High School, later becoming a two-sport star at Creighton University before spending a year with the Harlem Globetrotters, before pursuing his pro baseball career.

Gibson was 251-174 with a 2.91 ERA in 17 seasons with the Cardinals from 1959 to 1975. The right-hander led St. Louis to World Series titles in 1964 and 1967, and the National League pennant in 1968. He was 7-2 in nine World Series starts.

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