Norwood Gibson

Norwood Ringold Gibson [Gibby] (March 11, 1877 – July 7, 1959) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Boston Americans between 1903 and 1906. Listed at 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m), 165 lb., Gibson batted and threw right-handed. A native of Peoria, Illinois, he was signed by Boston out of the University of Notre Dame.

During his rookie 1903 season, Gibson was the fourth man of a Boston rotation that included Cy Young, Bill Dinneen, Long Tom Hughes, Jesse Tannehill and Nick Altrock. He responded with a 13–9 mark, 76 strikeouts, and a 3.19 in 183⅓ innings pitched. His second season was much better, when he recorded 17 wins, 112 strikeouts, a 2.21 ERA and 273.0 innings, all career-highs, as his .592 winning percentage ranked him seventh between American League pitchers. He won a World Series ring with the Boston Americans 1903 World Champions, though he did not play in the series. The next two years, his playing time was limited by arm injuries. He retired after the 1906 season.

In a four-season career, Gibson posted a 34–32 record with 258 strikeouts and a 2.93 ERA in 85 appearances, including 72 starts, 56 complete games, three shutouts, 12 games finished, and 609.0 innings of work.

Gibson died in his homeland of Peoria, Illinois, at the age of 82.

By Dean Hanley

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