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This wonderful, and not a little scary, framed color photograph of Bob Gibson firing one plateward will no doubt still make the guys who stood in against him (or tried to) queasy. The classic shot of the Hall of Famer, whose career was spent mainly on the Busch Stadium mound, is the picture of perfection – and intimidation. Just look at those glaring eyes under the cap. They don’t say, “Have a nice day.” With his impeccable control and ungodly stuff, he could (and did, often) throw a “message pitch” perilously close to the hitter’s chin, and then paint the outside corner with a humpback curve on the next pitch. When baseball reduced the height of the mound in the late ‘60s it was a message aimed right at Gibson. (Not that it mattered; he still went 23-7 in 1970). The photo, which hung in the Cardinals’ front office, bears a plaque crediting the picture to photographer Jack Zehrt. Exposed image measures 23.5 x 23.5” and is mounted within a white matted surface under glass in a black frame sized to 31.5 x 31.5.” NRMT. (Estimate $300 - $500)
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