Cardinals Greatest Teams: 1968
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In our sixth installment of the Cardinals greatest teams series we take a look at the 1968 Cardinals led by the greatest Cardinal pitcher of all time, Bob Gibson. The ’68 Cardinals were not able to win the World Series but they sure did come close, making it to game 7 of the fall classic against the Detroit Tigers. The ’68 team featured five hall of famer’s: Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Steve Carlton, Orlando Cepeda, and their manager Red Schoendist was a HOF player back in his day. The team also featured some of our STL Cardinal Baseball legends: Curt Flood and Mike Shannon as well as one of the greatest players not in the Hall of Fame, Roger Maris. Here is a look at one of the most elite teams not to win a World Series, in the history of baseball, the 1968 St. Louis Cardinals.
- Bob Gibson set a live ball record with his incredible 1.12 ERA a record that still stands today and will probably never again be seen.
- Bob Gibson won both the MVP and Cy Young award marking the first time in Cardinal history that the team won both major awards.
- Bob Gibson set a record with 17 strikeouts in a single World Series game, a record that still stands.
- Bob Gibson set a record with 35 strikeouts in a World Series.
- This was the final season of Roger Maris’ career.
- The 1968 had the lowest team ERA in basbeall with a 2.91 team ERA.
- The Cardinals led all of baseball with 30 team shut outs.
- The Cardinals reached the World Series which they lost in seven games to the Detroit Tigers.