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Tigers fan

Yes, but Lolich and the Tigers beat him in Game 7 in the '68 series. Lolich on two days rest.

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Tigers Fan, That's a fact. But it doesn't change the fact that Gibson was one of the best pitchers there's ever been, and it underscores the point: Gibson might have said that Lolich was a professional, and sometimes he, Gibson, pitches his best game and someone like Lolich just outpitches him. Gibson had a good World Series. Lolich had a better one. But that was his only one. Gibson had three. A case can be made that Lolich should be in the Hall of Fame. But Gibson's in the Hall, and Lolich stil ain't.

FTR, I'm sure you know this, but a lot of my other readers probably don't: Gibson gave up a home run in Game 4 to Jim Northrup, another professional. I don't know if Northrup hit Gibson's best pitch, but it wasn't exactly a game winner. It was the only run Gibson allowed in the Cards' 10-1 win. He struck out 10. He struck out 35 over the course of the Series and had an ERA of 1.67. Lolich had the exact same ERA with 21 strikeouts. They gave up the same number of runs too, but Lolich spread them out over three games, and Gibson gave up 4 in that one, final inning.

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