Gibson and Tiant Claim Pitch Titles

Filed under Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals
September 30, 1968

Cardinal right hander Bob Gibson posted an ERA this season that has not been seen in baseball for fifty years. Gibson led baseball with a 1.32 mark, the lowest since Walter Johnson’s 1.27 ERA in 1918. Gibson also led the National League with 26 wins, matching Juan Marichal and Sandy Koufax two seasons ago. Chicago’s Fergie Jenkins led the NL with 280 strikeouts. Gibson led the Cardinals to their second consecutive pennant with a dominant September performance. Gibson pitched six complete games in six September starts with a perfect 6-0 record and only two earned runs allowed in 54 innings.

In the American League, Tiger Denny McLain was the toast of the town, leading baseball with 28 wins, the highest total since Robin Roberts in 1952. Cleveland’s Luis Tiant led the league in ERA with a 1.92 mark. With his 11 strikeout effort in his final start, McLain passed Tiant’s teammate, Sam McDowell, with the strikeout crown with 305 whiffs.

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