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Embarrassed by their inability to stop the Dodgers from stealing bases and convinced they needed to find a solution in order to win a pennant, the 1964 Cardinals turned to an unlikely source for help: Bob Uecker.

bob_uecker2The second-string catcher couldn’t slow Dodgers speedsters, but he did provide a defensive upgrade to a 1964 Cardinals club that won its first pennant and World Series championship in 18 years.

On April 9, 1964, the Cardinals traded outfielder Gary Kolb and catcher Jim Coker to the Braves for Uecker.

Even then, 50 years ago, at age 29, well before he became known as a broadcaster and for his comedy roles on television and in the movies, Uecker had a reputation throughout baseball as a funnyman.

Wrote The Sporting News of the deal: “Those who know him regard new Cardinals catcher Bob Uecker as a good-humor man.”

“Yes, I guess you can call me a stand-up type of comic,” Uecker said to St. Louis reporter Jack Herman.

The Cardinals, though, were serious about finding a way to overtake the Dodgers.

Armed for defense

In 1963, the Cardinals finished in second place at 93-69, six games behind the National League champion Dodgers. The Cardinals were 6-12 against the 1963 Dodgers. Stolen bases were a significant reason for that.

The Dodgers were successful on 27 of 33 stolen base attempts (82 percent) against the 1963 Cardinals.

“Our games with them have been so close that, if we have a catcher who can throw well, they might think twice about running,” Cardinals manager Johnny Keane said.

Tim McCarver became the starting catcher for the 1963 Cardinals after Gene Oliver was traded to the Braves in June that year. The primary backup was Carl Sawatski.

McCarver nailed 38 percent of runners (28 of 73) attempting to steal in 1963. Oliver threw out 32 percent (9 of 28) for St. Louis and Sawatski nabbed 30 percent (7 of 23).

When Sawatski retired after the 1963 season, the Cardinals went looking for a backup for McCarver, 22.

Uecker spent seven seasons in the Braves’ minor-league system. The Braves had groomed Joe Torre to replace veteran Del Crandall as their everyday catcher.

In stints with the 1962 and ’63 Braves, Uecker impressed with his arm. He caught 5 of 7 runners attempting to steal in 1962 and 1 of 2 in 1963.

“We got Uecker to help Timmy and make our catching solid,” Keane said. “We’re certainly not vulnerable behind the plate anymore.”

Tough test

The 1964 Cardinals didn’t have long to test their catching against the Dodgers. They opened the season at Los Angeles on April 14. With left-hander Sandy Koufax starting for the Dodgers, Keane put Uecker, a right-handed batter, in the Opening Day lineup rather than McCarver, a left-handed batter. (Uecker, the prankster, posed in a left-handed batting stance for his 1965 Topps baseball card that is pictured here.)

Uecker went 0-for-2 at the plate and 0-for-3 in attempting to prevent stolen bases that night. Willie Davis, Maury Wills and Jim Gilliam swiped bases against Uecker and starting pitcher Ernie Broglio.

Wrote The Sporting News: “Uecker’s arm was not at fault. The Dodgers speedsters just got too much of a jump on Ernie Broglio and the catcher’s strong throws were a little too late.” Boxscore

The 1964 Cardinals were unsuccessful in preventing the Dodgers from stealing bases. The Dodgers had 11 steals in 14 attempts (78 percent) against the 1964 Cardinals.

Overall, Uecker threw out 38 percent (8 of 21) of all attempted base stealers in 1964. He was 0-for-5 against Dodgers attempting to steal; 8-for-16 (50 percent) against the rest of the National League. He hit just .198 (21 hits, 1 home run, 6 RBI), but his defense and his clubhouse popularity enabled him to stick with the Cardinals throughout the season.

The Phillies and Reds, not the Dodgers, turned out to be the Cardinals’ main competition for the crown. Each finished a game behind St. Louis. The Dodgers were 80-82, in sixth place, 13 games behind the Cardinals.

Previously: How Bob Uecker helped the Cardinals win 1964 title

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Facing the defending World Series champion Pirates, Cardinals starter Pete Vuckovich knew he couldn’t look scared.

pete_vukovichFortunately, he didn’t pitch scared either.

In a high-wire performance that left him emotionally drained, Vuckovich pitched a complete-game three-hitter in the Cardinals’ 1-0 season-opening victory over the Pirates on April 10, 1980, at St. Louis.

It was the first of only two times that the Cardinals won a season opener by a score of 1-0. The second occurred March 31, 2014, against the Reds at Cincinnati.

In the 2014 game, the Cardinals escaped an eighth-inning jam in which the Reds had runners on first and third with none out. Boxscore

In the 1980 game, Vuckovich performed a Houdini act by striking out the side with runners on second and third in the ninth.

Strikeout pitch

Using a variety of off-speed pitches called by catcher Ted Simmons, Vuckovich retired 14 Pirates in a row between the first and sixth innings.

The Cardinals scored off Bert Blyleven in the second. Bobby Bonds, in his Cardinals debut after being acquired from the Indians, walked and scored on a George Hendrick double.

Vuckovich held the Pirates to two hits through eight innings. In the ninth, it began to unravel.

Pinch-hitter Lee Lacy led off with a single, Omar Moreno walked and a wild pitch enabled the runners to advance to second and third with none out.

“We couldn’t ask to be in a better situation,” Pirates manager Chuck Tanner told United Press International.

Tim Foli was the batter. In 1979, Foli had been the toughest National League batter to strike out, fanning 14 times in 532 at-bats.

Vuckovich struck him out.

Next, Dave Parker. Nicknamed “The Cobra” for his ability to uncoil quickly and lash line drives, Parker would produce a .421 batting average (8-for-19) in his career against Vuckovich.

Vuckovich struck him out.

Willie Stargell followed. First base was open. John Milner was on deck. Stargell had hit 32 homers in 1979 when he was co-winner with the Cardinals’ Keith Hernandez of the National League Most Valuable Player Award. He would be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame because of his power and run production.

Vuckovich opted to pitch to him.

“You can’t do anything but respect these guys,” Vuckovich said to United Press International. “There’s no room for getting scared or nervous because they can sense that, too. If they get that feeling, they can get you.”

Vuckovich struck out Stargell, setting off a celebration among the 42,867 spectators at Busch Stadium II. Boxscore

Praise from Stan

“I was lucky,” Vuckovich said. “It could just as easily have gone the other way.”

Vuckovich delivered 111 pitches, striking out nine and walking two.

“Today was an emotional drain,” Vuckovich said to the Associated Press.

The performance earned Vuckovich the admiration of everyone who witnessed it.

“Amazing,” Stan Musial, the Cardinals’ all-time greatest player, said to The Sporting News. “He throws the best right-handed breaking pitches I ever saw.”

Claude Osteen, Cardinals pitching coach, told the Associated Press, “The thing about him is he’s got great motion on the off-speed pitches. You just don’t know what to look for. I don’t think there’s anybody that has that many pitches under control.”

Summed up Stargell: “The guy wants to be a good pitcher and he is.”

Vuckovich finished 12-9 with three shutouts and a 3.40 ERA for the 1980 Cardinals.

After the season, he, Simmons and reliever Rollie Fingers were traded to the Brewers. Vuckovich led the American League in winning percentage in each of his first two years with Milwaukee and won the 1982 Cy Young Award.

Previously: Bert Blyleven: Mighty matchups versus Cardinals

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(Updated March 31, 2014)

Adam Wainwright has made 16 career starts against the Reds. Johnny Cueto has started 16 games versus the Cardinals. Only twice, though, have Wainwright and Cueto been matched as starting pitchers in the same game.

johnny_cuetoOn Opening Day, March 31, 2014, at Cincinnati, Wainwright and Cueto faced one another as starters for the second time in their careers.

Cueto pitched well. Wainwright was better.

Wainwright struck out nine in seven scoreless innings and earned the win in a 1-0 Cardinals victory. Cueto struck out eight in seven innings, but yielded a home run to Yadier Molina. Boxscore

Wainwright is 6-9 against the Reds. Cueto is 4-5 against the Cardinals. In nine decisions at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark, Wainwright is 5-4.

When they faced one another as starters on April 7, 2010, each pitched well that time, too. Wainwright got the win and Cueto a no-decision in a 6-3 Cardinals victory at Cincinnati in the second game of the season.

Wainwright pitched seven innings and gave up three hits, walking two and striking out six. Orlando Cabrera followed a walk to Drew Stubbs with a two-run home run off a 2-and-2 Wainwright fastball in the sixth. “The walk is really what killed me in that inning,” Wainwright told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis-Post Dispatch.

Cueto pitched six innings and gave up five hits, walking three and striking out three. He yielded a RBI-single to David Freese in the second and a RBI-single to Ryan Ludwick in the third.

The score was tied at 2-2 when Cueto was lifted after throwing 109 pitches. The Cardinals scored four in the seventh against Reds relievers Danny Herrera, Logan Ondrusek and Arthur Rhodes. The biggest hit was a two-run double by Matt Holliday off Ondrusek.

“Adam pitched so well … that as an offense you like to respond,” Holliday said. “If you’ve got a pitcher like that, you’ve got to give him a lead.”

Said Wainwright: “That’s my goal _ to outlast the other starter.” Boxscore

Jon Jay is the 2014 Cardinal with the best career batting average versus Cueto. Jay has hit .476 (10-for-21 with three home runs) against the Reds right-hander. Jay has more career home runs against Cueto than he does versus any other pitcher.

Wainwright has been a mystery to one of the Reds’ top hitters, Joey Votto. The left-handed batter, who has a career batting average of well above .300 versus right-handers, is hitting .133 (4-for-30) against Wainwright.

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(Updated March 31, 2014)

Opening Day games between the Cardinals and Reds have brought out the best in several St. Louis standouts. Stan Musial, Chick Hafey, Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina have slugged Cardinals home runs against the Reds in season openers. Dizzy Dean, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Mort Cooper and Adam Wainwright have pitched gems.

albert_pujols22The Cardinals opened their 2014 season on March 31 with a 1-0 victory over the Reds at Cincinnati. It was the third time in the last 20 years that the Reds were the Opening Day opponent of the Cardinals.

In the last 100 years, the Cardinals have played the Reds in their season opener 18 times. The Cardinals have won five of the last six. The last time the Reds won an opener versus St. Louis was 1988.

Starting with the most recent, a look at the Opening Day games between the Cardinals and Reds since 1914:

March 31, 2014

_ Cardinals 1, Reds 0: Molina hit a home run off Johnny Cueto and Wainwright struck out nine in seven scoreless innings. Boxscore

April 5, 2010

_ Cardinals 11, Reds 6: Pujols hit a pair of home runs (one off starter Aaron Harang and the other against Mike Lincoln) and Molina hit his first big-league grand slam (off Nick Masset). The only other Cardinals who hit grand slams on Opening Day: Mark McGwire (1998) and Scott Rolen (2006).

Wrote columnist Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “It was one of those days that opponents hate to see. Pujols locked in. Pujols with some extra glare to his stare. Pujols at his boldest best. The Pujols that treats a huge day as a routine day.” Boxscore

April 3, 1994

_ Cardinals 6, Reds 4: On Easter Sunday night, Ray Lankford, the first batter of the season, lined a home run off Jose Rijo.

It was the first time a Cardinal had hit a homer in the first inning of the first game since Darrell Porter launched a three-run shot off Houston’s Nolan Ryan on April 6, 1982.

“I was just anxious to get going,” Lankford said. “… I started thinking about being the first batter of ’94. I wanted to do something. I couldn’t have asked for anything better than that to open the season.” Boxscore

April 4, 1988

_ Reds 5, Cardinals 4, 12 innings: Joe Magrane, the Cardinals’ starting pitcher, hit a three-run home run off Mario Soto. But Kal Daniels knocked in the winning run with a two-out looping single that barely eluded center fielder Willie McGee.

“I gave it all I had,” McGee told the Post-Dispatch. “Maybe if I had dived, I might have caught it.” Boxscore

April 16, 1957

_ Cardinals 13, Reds 4: Del Ennis and Wally Moon each drove in three runs and Herm Wehmeier, a Cincinnati native and former Red, pitched a complete game. Boxscore

April 17, 1956

_ Cardinals 4, Reds 2: With two outs in the ninth and the score tied at 2-2, Red Schoendienst got a scratch single and Stan Musial followed with a home run off Joe Nuxhall. Boxscore

April 19, 1949

_ Reds 3, Cardinals 1: Ken Raffensberger pitched a five-hitter in an opener that took just 1:49 to complete. Boxscore

April 20, 1948

_ Cardinals 4, Reds 0: Murry Dickson scattered 10 hits in pitching the shutout. (Note: This was the Cardinals’ season opener and was played at St. Louis. The Reds opened their season the day before at Cincinnati versus the Pirates.) Boxscore

April 15, 1947

_ Reds 3, Cardinals 1: Ewell Blackwell pitched a three-hitter. Musial, Schoendienst and Enos Slaughter were a combined 0-for-10. Boxscore

April 21, 1943

_ Reds 1, Cardinals 0, 11 innings: Starting pitchers Johnny Vander Meer of the Reds and Mort Cooper of the Cardinals both pitched complete games. Cooper pitched 10 shutout innings. Vander Meer did him one better. The Cardinals managed two hits _ singles by Frank Demaree and Whitey Kurowski. Boxscore

April 15, 1941

_ Cardinals 7, Reds 3: Lon Warneke pitched a complete game and three Cardinals (Slaughter, Johnny Mize and Ernie Koy) slammed home runs. Boxscore

April 20, 1937

_ Cardinals 2, Reds 0, 10 innings: Dizzy Dean pitched a shutout despite yielding 13 hits and two walks. The Reds stranded 14. Boxscore

April 14, 1931

_ Cardinals 7, Reds 3: Jimmie Wilson, the Cardinals’ catcher and No. 8 batter, had three hits and a RBI. Boxscore

April 16, 1929

_ Cardinals 5, Reds 2: Two future Hall of Famers, Chick Hafey and Grover Cleveland Alexander, carried the Cardinals. Hafey had four RBI and a home run. Alexander, 42, pitched a five-hitter. Boxscore

April 14, 1925

_ Reds 4, Cardinals 0: Pete Donohue pitched the shutout, limiting the Cardinals to six singles. Boxscore

April 17, 1923

_ Reds 3, Cardinals 2, 11 innings: Donohue yielded 13 hits but earned the complete-game win. Rogers Hornsby was 0-for-5 for the Cardinals. Boxscore

April 23, 1919

_ Reds 6, Cardinals 2: Morrie Rath, the Reds’ leadoff batter and second baseman, had two hits, two walks and scored a run. Boxscore

April 11, 1917

_ Reds 3, Cardinals 1: Pete Schneider pitched a four-hitter. Hornsby, playing shortstop, had a hit and a walk. Boxscore

Previously: The story of Herm Wehmeier: 0-14 versus Cardinals

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In 17 years with the Cardinals, Bob Gibson hit 102 batters with pitches. In 1,489 plate appearances, Gibson was hit by a pitch just eight times.

gene_mauchThree of those times, Gibson was hit by Phillies pitchers playing for manager Gene Mauch. Two of those incidents involved left-hander Dennis Bennett. The last one, 50 years ago, led to Gibson being ejected and Bennett calling the Cardinals ace a “chicken” and a “coward.”

Mauch and Gibson were intense competitors. In a June 1962 game, Gibson was hit by a pitch from Bennett, then a Phillies rookie. Three months later, the Phillies’ Art Mahaffey plunked Gibson with a pitch. Mauch, then in his third season as Phillies manager, was trying to instill toughness and a winning attitude in a team that had lost 107 of 154 games in 1961. Gibson, in his second full season in the Cardinals’ rotation in 1962, was establishing himself as a consistent winner.

By 1964, both the Cardinals and Phillies were contenders. On May 4, 1964, the Phillies went into St. Louis tied with the Giants for first place in the National League. The Cardinals were 2.5 games behind.

Bennett was matched against Gibson in the series opener. In the second inning, Curt Flood led off with a home run. The next batter was Julian Javier. Bennett delivered a knockdown pitch that forced Javier to drop to the ground.

“They were digging in on me and I had to protect myself,” Bennett said to The Sporting News. “… I missed Javier by just a couple of inches or they might have had to carry him out.”

Dispensing medicine

First up for the Phillies in the third was Bennett. Gibson’s first pitch to him was high and tight. Bennett didn’t move but glared at Gibson, according to United Press International. Gibson’s second delivery, another high fastball, backed Bennett away from the plate. Bennett moved toward the mound before he was intercepted by home plate umpire Doug Harvey, who issued a warning to Gibson.

“Sure, I dusted him off,” Gibson later told the Associated Press. “But he threw right at Javier’s head. Bennett doesn’t have that bad control. I just wanted to let Bennett know I had to protect our batters.”

Gibson also told United Press International that Mauch “is always telling his pitchers to throw at the hitters. They deserve to get some of their own medicine once in a while.”

In the bottom half of the third, Ken Boyer hit a two-run triple off Bennett. Jack Baldschun relieved and yielded a RBI-single to Flood, increasing the Cardinals’ lead to 5-1.

An inning later, Gibson batted with one out and the bases empty. Baldschun’s first pitch nearly clipped Gibson’s ankle.

In his book “Stranger to the Game” (1994, Viking), Gibson wrote that Mauch “knew that I was at the boiling point. He had been agitating me all night from the bench, trying his best to get me angrier and angrier.”

Flipping out

Aiming higher, Baldschun hit Gibson in the thigh with the next pitch. Gibson flipped the bat underhanded toward the pitcher. Baldschun caught it with his glove hand. Harvey immediately ejected Gibson.

Said Harvey to The Sporting News: “He had a lethal weapon out there. I’m happy to say Gibson did not throw the bat violently. But he did throw it to the mound.”

“I wasn’t trying to hit him with the bat, but I was mad, hurt and just plain disgusted with the whole business,” Gibson said to the Associated Press. “I tossed the bat just the way hitters do when they’re disgusted after striking out.”

In his book, Gibson wrote, “Without thinking, I flung my bat in Baldschun’s direction … Naturally, I was ejected, which is exactly what Mauch was counting on.”

Bennett told United Press International, “Gibson’s nothing but a chicken … If he wants to fight, he ought to put up his fists instead of throwing the bat … That’s a coward’s way out if I ever saw one.”

Said Baldschun of his pitch to Gibson: “I figure he had one brush coming.”

Mauch told The Sporting News, “I’ve been popping off all over the country about how great a competitor Gibson is, but he didn’t show me much this time.”

The Cardinals responded quickly and effectively.

On the first pitch Baldschun threw after Gibson was ejected, Carl Warwick homered, scoring Jerry Buchek, who pinch ran for Gibson, and extending the St. Louis lead to 7-1.

Last laugh

The Cardinals cruised to a 9-2 victory. Roger Craig got the win, pitching five innings in relief of Gibson. The ejection was costly to Gibson _ and not for the $100 he was fined. He finished the regular season with 19 wins. If he hadn’t flipped the bat, he would have remained in the game and qualified for the win with another inning pitched. Adding that win would have given him his first 20-win season. Boxscore

“Six pitchers reached for their gloves in the dugout when Gibson was thrown out with that lead,” Cardinals left-hander Curt Simmons told The Sporting News.

Gibson and the Cardinals, though, got their revenge against Mauch and the Phillies.

In first place on Sept. 20, 1964, and leading the Cardinals and Reds by 6.5 games with 12 to play, the Phillies went into a 10-game losing streak. St. Louis clinched the pennant by beating the Mets on the last day of the season, with Gibson getting the win in relief.

Gibson went on to win Games 5 and 7 of the 1964 World Series against the Yankees and was named winner of the World Series Most Valuable Player Award.

Mauch managed for 26 seasons in the big leagues, never winning a pennant and, therefore, never getting a chance to experience a World Series championship.

Previously: 1964 Cardinals were menace to Dennis Bennett

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My favorite story from spring training 2014 has been Orioles manager Buck Showalter assigning a Baltimore prospect to write a report on the career of Frank Robinson after the minor-league player admitted he was clueless about the Hall of Fame slugger who became baseball’s first black manager.

frank_robinsonThat got me thinking: How many Cardinals fans know about Robinson’s achievements versus St. Louis?

In tribute to Frank Robinson and in honor of the approach of Buck Showalter, here’s my written report on the feats you should know Robinson achieved while playing against the Cardinals:

Turning anger into runs

Robinson produced 586 home runs, 1,812 RBI and 2,943 hits in a 21-year major-league playing career from 1956-76. He spent 11 seasons _ 10 with the Reds; one with the Dodgers _ in the National League. In 203 games against the Cardinals, Robinson had 220 hits, including 46 home runs and 41 doubles, and drove in 127 runs. His career batting average versus St. Louis was .290.

Against the Cardinals, Robinson made his major-league debut, had his greatest single-game home run performance, delivered several game-winning shots and won a couple of dramatic duels with Bob Gibson.

In the book “Sixty Feet, Six Inches” (2011, Anchor), Gibson said, “Frank Robinson might have been the best I ever saw at turning his anger into runs. He challenged you physically as soon as he stepped into the batter’s box, with half his body hanging over the plate.

“His fearlessness played a tremendous part in making him the hitter he was. He practically dared you to clip him or knock him down and, when you did, he’d use it as intensity. He seemed to gain strength from it. If you couldn’t drive him off the plate _ and you couldn’t _ then you couldn’t take away his outside corner.

“As a rule, I’m reluctant to express admiration for hitters, but I make an exception for Frank Robinson.”

Vinegar Bend Mizell

In his first big-league game, April 17, 1956, at Cincinnati, Robinson, batting seventh and playing left field, was 2-for-3 with a walk versus Cardinals starter Vinegar Bend Mizell. In his first at-bat in his debut game, Robinson doubled. “Second pitch,” Robinson said to the Washington Post, “line drive off the center field fence. Missed being a home run by a couple of feet.” Boxscore

Three years later, Robinson hit three home runs in a major-league game for the only time. It happened against the Cardinals on Aug. 22, 1959, at Cincinnati. All three homers were hit with two outs.

The first of the three came against Mizell. It was a three-run shot in the fifth inning that broke a 1-1 tie. It was one of eight homers Robinson hit against Mizell in his career. Robinson followed that with a two-run homer off Dean Stone in the sixth and a solo blast against Bob Duliba in the eighth. Boxscore

Larry Jackson

Robinson hit 10 home runs in his career against Larry Jackson. Seven occurred while Jackson was with the Cardinals. The most damaging was struck on Sept. 2, 1957, at Cincinnati.

In the second game of a doubleheader with the Cardinals, the Reds batted in the 10th inning with the score 1-1. Jackson, the starter, walked the leadoff batter, Bob Thurman, and Robinson followed with a walkoff, two-run home run, lifting the Reds to a 3-1 victory. Boxscore

Two-homer games

On April 30, 1958, at Cincinnati, Robinson hit a fifth-inning solo home run off Lindy McDaniel, giving the Reds a 4-2 lead. After the Cardinals rallied with two runs in the ninth to tie the score at 4-4, Robinson led off the 10th against Morrie Martin, who had held the Reds scoreless for three innings, and hit a walkoff home run, giving the Reds a 5-4 victory. Boxscore

Robinson also had a pair of other two-homer games against the Cardinals:

_ He hit a solo home run in the second inning off Ernie Broglio and then the game-winning shot in the 11th, also off Broglio, in a 4-3 Reds victory on Sept. 10, 1962, at St. Louis. Boxscore

_ He hit a pair of home runs off Tracy Stallard in a 6-3 Reds victory on April 24, 1965, at Cincinnati. Boxscore

Bob Gibson

In showdowns between Hall of Famers Gibson and Robinson, the Cardinals pitcher usually had the upper hand. But Robinson also enjoyed spectacular successes against Gibson.

Robinson hit .229 (19-for-83) versus Gibson and struck out 12 times. He also hit four home runs. Most were dramatic.

In his book ‘Stranger to the Game” (Viking, 1994), Gibson wrote, “I brought the ball in close to Frank Robinson … although I believe most pitchers tried him outside. The way he crowded the plate, they figured he was waiting to pounce on the inside pitch, but it seemed to me that he beat a hell of a lot of guys who pitched him away.”

Here is a look at the four home runs Robinson hit off Gibson:

_ Gibson blew leads in the ninth and 10th innings of a game at Cincinnati on Sept. 7, 1962.

The Cardinals led, 4-3, entering the bottom of the ninth before the Reds scored a run off Gibson to tie.

In the 10th, St. Louis regained the lead, 5-4, giving Gibson another chance to seal the win. But Robinson ripped a solo home run off him in the bottom of the 10th.

The Reds won, 6-5, on a RBI-double by Vada Pinson off Curt Simmons in the 11th. Boxscore

_ Gibson was matched against fellow power pitcher Jim Maloney on May 4, 1963, at Cincinnati.

In the third inning of a scoreless game, Pete Rose walked, Pinson singled and Robinson followed with a three-run homer off Gibson. Maloney shut out the Cardinals on four hits and the Reds won, 6-0. Boxscore

_ In the opener of a doubleheader on Sept. 19, 1964, at Cincinnati, Gibson took a 5-4 lead into the ninth. With two outs and pinch-runner Tommy Harper on third, Gibson walked Pinson, bringing Robinson to the plate.

Robinson crushed a three-run, walkoff home run, lifting the Reds to a 7-5 triumph. Boxscore

_ In the first game of a doubleheader at Cincinnati on June 22, 1965, Robinson hit a solo home run off Gibson in the sixth inning, helping the Reds to a 5-4 victory. Boxscore

Previously: Bob Gibson vs. Billy Williams: a classic duel

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