At least three former teammates of baseball legend Bob Gibson are scheduled to be on hand to celebrate the unveiling of the centerpiece of the Bob Gibson Heritage Project on April 10 and 11.
Tim McCarver, Gibson’s former catcher with the St. Louis Cardinals, Joe Torre and Bill White will take part in the April 10 Heritage Project Banquet at the La Vista Embassy Suites and the unveiling of an original sculpture of Gibson the next day at Werner Park.
Tickets to the banquet are $100 each or $1,000 for a table of 10. VIP tickets, which include a private social hour before the banquet, are $250 each or $2,500 for a table. Reservations may be made online at www.bobgibsonproject.org. Tickets may be ordered by mail through the Sarpy County Sports Commission, 501 Olson Drive, Suite 210, Papillion, NE 68046.
The eight-foot bronze statue of Gibson delivering a pitch was sculpted by Creighton University artist-in-residence Littleton Alston. It will be located southwest of the main entrance to Werner Park, the home of the Omaha Storm Chasers.
The Gibson sculpture is the centerpiece to a planned Walk of Fame, which would honor Nebraska natives who are in the baseball Hall of Fame.
Gibson, who has lived in Sarpy County for nearly 40 years, is an Omaha native who starred in basketball and baseball at Omaha Tech and Creighton University. He pitched for the Omaha Cardinals from 1957 through 1959 and is considered perhaps the most dominating pitcher of the 1960s and 1970s, during which he won 251 games, struck out 3,117 batters and compiled a 2.91 ERA – including a record 1.12 mark in 1968 when he won the first of his two Cy Young Awards.
McCarver, currently a baseball analyst for Fox Sports, was Gibson’s catcher for 11 seasons and compiled 1,501 hits in 17 seasons overall. He was the runner-up for most valuable player in the National League in 1967.
White spent 13 seasons in the major leagues, including eight as Gibson’s Cardinals teammate, and had 1,706 career hits. He finished third in MVP voting in 1964, and was the president of the National League from 1989 through 1994.
Torre, the longtime manager of the New York Yankees and currently executive vice president for baseball operations for Major League Baseball, was Gibson’s teammate for six seasons during his 18-year career, during which he had 2,342 hits and earned MVP honors in 1971.