10 Unbreakable St. Louis Cardinals Pitching Records

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2. Bob Gibson’s 255 complete games

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Gibson had 255 complete games in his career, including seven seasons in which he had at least 20. Guess how many Major League Baseball’s leader in 2015 had? Four. Guess how many the leading St. Louis Cardinals starter had? One, by John Lackey. And that’s a joke because it was a rain-shortened 5-inning loss to the Kansas City Royals on May 23.

Amazingly,  Gibson ranks 73rd on the all-time list of most complete games pitched, although many of the names above him are unfamiliar to most living baseball fans. The fact that guys named “Old Hoss,” “Pud,” “Red” and “Eppa” rank higher pretty much tells you all you need to know. But if that doesn’t do it, consider that the active leader in complete games now is broken New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia, who almost certainly won’t add to his 38 — ever.