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TOYS AND GAMES: Pedro or Gibson?

The text came while I watched a “Law and Order” re-run: “Pedro in 1999 or Gibson in 1968?”

Bob_Gibson_1962 “Bob Gibson 1962” by Unknown – Baseball Digest

The message came from my son, Kel, and managed to set the wheels in motion. Pedro Martinez or Bob Gibson? Which of these Hall of Fame pitchers had the better single season.

While Gibson’s ’68 campaign came before they lowered the mound, he went 22-9 with a 1.12 ERA and pitched 28 complete games — including 13 shutouts, logging 304 2/3 innings. Meanwhile, Pedro’s ’99 season came in the midst of an elevated offensive period, yet he managed to compile a 23-4 mark with a 2.07 ERA and 313 strikeouts in 213 1/3 innings.

I saw Pedro pitch in person several times in 1999 while covering games. What amazed me was his ability to cruise along throwing 94 mph until he got into trouble. Then he’d kick it up to 97 or 98. Quite impressive. Still, I’m going with Gibson based on his 28 complete games. While I understand that he pitched in a different era, that tipped the scale for me.

Makes for a fun debate, though, doesn’t it? Kind of a Ginger or Mary Ann thing, either choice is right. Comes down to personal preference.

Tuesday an article ran in USA Today addressing the dangers of competitive eating. Well, let’s see, it might not be healthy to crush 60-plus hot dogs in 10 minutes? Well, duh!

The article proved interesting and cited some of the quantities that stand as records in events sanctioned by Major League Eating. Included in the list were:

– 182 strips of bacon in five minutes.

-14.5 pounds of birthday cake in eight minutes.

-390 shrimp wantons in eight minutes.

-121 Twinkies in six minutes.

And, my favorite? Easy, 57 cow brains in 15 minutes.

Finally, Prince Charles believes in the “Pub is the Hub” initiative. Their mission statement:

The pub should be the centre or hub of community life and can also provide essential services beyond the usual drinks, food or entertainment.

That’s leadership, Chuck!

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