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Bob Gibson's 17 Whiffs

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Game 1 of the 1968 World Series, Cardinals versus Tigers. A pitching matchup for the ages. Gibson (and his regular-season 22 wins, 13 shutouts and astonishing 1.12 earned run average) against Denny McLain (and his regular-season and just-as-astonishing 31 wins and six shutouts). St. Louis prevailed 4-0 behind Gibson's five-hit, 17-strikeout domination, which is why die-hard Cardinals fan Jon Hamm, the star of "Mad Men," chose this game as the one he'd go back in time to see. "I'm still bummed I never got to see Bob Gibson pitch," Hamm said.