Rome Centurians (1997-1998)
Kabul Mujahadeen (1999-2003)
Inducted into Hall of Fame: 2010
There was no better pitcher in the Inferno League in the late 90's than Bob Gibson. In his prime years he was intimidation personified. Although chronic arm problems hampered him in his later years and ultimately cut short his career, he still managed to average 17 wins and over 200 strikeouts per season over the course of his seven year career.
Gibson played his entire career with the same franchise. Playing for the Rome Centurians, he won back-to-back Inferno League Cy Young Awards. Gibson went 24-3 with a 1.64 ERA and 223 strikeouts in 1997, and followed that up by going 20-7 with a 1.91 ERA and 158 K's in 1998. Gibson helped the team remain competitive, although they finished behind the New York Nukes each season.
The team relocated to Kabul in 1999, and Gibson was instrumental in helping the Mujahadeen make their first postseason appearance. Although he lost the Cy Young Award to Smokey Joe Wood, Gibson had his third straight 20+ win season, going 23-4 with a 2.64 ERA and 212 K's for the Lockwood Division champions. Unfortunately Kabul was stopped just short of the Weaver Series as the Honolulu Volcanos beat them in extra innings in the seventh game of the ILCS.
Gibson's arm began to break down after the 1999 season. While still an effective pitcher (he won 16 games in 2000 and 2002) his ERA steadily climbed and his strikeout totals dropped off until he went 6-5 with a 4.65 ERA and 85 K's in 100.2 innings pitched in 2003. The season was cut short when it was discovered that he had a torn labrum. Although he was determined to work his way back from the injury it wasn't to be. He missed the entire 2004 attempting to rehabilitate his arm before finally retiring before the 2005 season.
his career ended on a sour note, he was honored for his domination of
the Inferno League early in his career when he was inducted as a first
ballot Hall of Famer in 2010.