Wednesday, August 23, 2017

August 23, 1963: Gibby Takes Care of Business In Houston; Happy Birthday Kenny Wallace

     On August 23, 1963, Bob Gibson led the way to a 4-1 victory over the Colt .45's at Colt Stadium in Houston. The hurler watched his club score all four runs in the top of the first after Curt Flood led the inning off with a walk. After a quick out, Bill White beat out an infield single. Flood and White then attempted a double steal that turned into disaster for the Houston club, as their catcher John Bateman sailed one wide of second base. Flood scored on the miscue, and White was standing on third. Houston's pitcher Turk Farrell followed that with a walk to Ken Boyer, retired Charlie James on a flyout, then served up a two run double to George Altman, scoring White and Boyer. Farrell's hard luck was not over, as Julian Javier tacked on another one with an RBI single to bring Altman trotting across the dish to give the Redbirds the early 4-0 lead.Once Gibby got on the mound he was in control, as he sailed to a five hit complete game that included 12 strikeouts along the way. His only hiccup came in the eighth when Al Spangler knocked in Bob Aspromonte with a two out single.  The win was Gibson's 14th of the season. He was en route to an 18-9 record.

     On that same day Kenny Wallace was born in St. Louis. The future race car driver was born a Cardinals fan and started things off right with a win. His career has taken him many places, however, his allegiance to his hometown Cardinals has always remained true. As a fan of Kenny's I put this together today as a birthday gift of sorts. I sincerely appreciate the way he interacts with fans on Twitter, and he has a great sense of humor as well. I truly do believe he is a great guy. Happy Birthday Kenny. I hope it's a great one. #GoCards

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