The St. Louis Cardinals will honor Hall of Famer Bob Gibson prior to Friday night’s game in a special pregame ceremony as part of the team’s season-long #CompleteGamer fan engagement campaign. During the ceremony, Gibson will be joined by family, former teammates, team officials and the students and other musicians who created the #CompleteGamer theme song that shares his extraordinary life story. Fans will also learn more about how they can get involved in the season-long tribute.
Following the ceremony, Bob Gibson will be available to meet with media. Credentialed media may begin entering the First Pitch Room inside Busch Stadium at 7:10 p.m.
WHAT: Bob Gibson #CompleteGamer Media Availability
WHEN: Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:15 PM
WHERE: First Pitch Room inside Busch Stadium
WHO: Bob Gibson, Hall of Famer
About the #CompleteGamer Fan Engagement Campaign
This season the St. Louis Cardinals are honoring Hall of Famer Bob Gibson with a season-long fan-engagement campaign that seeks to connect generations of fans in celebrating the greatest pitcher in Cardinals history. As with the teams prior efforts to honor its Hall of Famers (Stand for Stan, #LoveRed2, #STLisLou, and #CardsRatPack), the team will be sharing Gibson’s extraordinary story with fans while encouraging fans to show their appreciation and affection for Gibson (a.k.a. Gibby & Hoot). The team, which launched the campaign on April 15, Jackie Robinson Day and the 59th anniversary of Gibson’s first Major League Game, selected the campaign name of #CompleteGamer to not only educate fans that Gibson is the Cardinals all-time leader in complete games (255), but also to recognize his tenacity, legendary competitiveness and unrivaled commitment to excellence. In sports, a player who consistently puts forth maximum effort and achieves at the highest level is referred to as a “gamer.” As part of the campaign, fans are being asked to share examples of people that they know who are a #CompleteGamer in their own respective field or vocation. The team will be conducting a variety of special #CompleteGamer promotions throughout the season to keep fans engaged and informed. In an effort to reach a new generation of fans, the team also released a #CompleteGamer song, free for fans to download, that serves as a theme song for the campaign and that seeks to convey Gibson’s extraordinary life story through music. Students who are part of the Compositions for L.I.F.E. (Leadership. Innovation. Faith. Excellence) program developed the lyrics for the song after reading Bob Gibson’s 1968 autobiography “From Ghetto to Glory”. Throughout the campaign, the team is raising money to support the Compositions for L.I.F.E. program that works with talented urban youth. Fans can download the free song, learn more about the campaign, and get engaged in honoring Gibson at cardinals.com/Gibson.