On November 13, 1968 — Bob Gibson (22-9, 268 strikeouts, 1.12 ERA) wins the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award, edging out Reds infielder Pete Rose. The Cardinals’ right-hander was also the unanimous winner of the National League Cy Young Award when he garnered all 20 of the first-place votes cast by the BBWAA.

Gibson took home 14 of the 20 first-place votes and totaled 242 points. Rose totaled 205 points, in the year of the pitcher Rose hit .335 with an 861 OPS.  Three of Gibson’s teammates were in the top 10 MVP voting, Lou Brock, Mike Shannon and Curt Flood finished 4th.

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