I recently got to talk a little bit with Bobby Richardson, 2nd baseman from the Yankees in the 50s/60s. Of course, I only wanted to talk Cardinals, so I asked him what it was like to face Gibson in the 64 Series. The Cardinals 1964 season, swiping the pennant from the Phillies and then beating the Yankees in 7 games, is my first real set of childhood baseball memories. Anyway, Richardson told me this story (quoted best as I can remember it):
"Bob Gibson was an imposing guy and had a great series that year but I (Richardson) did as well, breaking the WS record for hits. I actually had 7 of my 13 hits that series off Gibson, although Gibson got me out to end Game 7 and give the Cardinals the Series win."
"I retired in 66 and didn't see Bob Gibson again for quite awhile. Much much later I was playing in an old-timers game and Gibson was the opposing ptcher. I mentioned to someone on my side that I hadn't seen him since the 64 Series and I wondered if he even remembered me."
"My first at bat, first pitch from Mr Gibson was right at my head." "In an old timers game." "I guess he remembered", Richardson related with a long laugh.
What Would Gibby Do? Never Forgive, Never Forget.