The Starting Five: Best MLB Players That Played College Basketball

Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America

Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America

5. Bob Gibson – Creighton University
Bob Gibson had one of the greatest seasons in the history of the MLB in 1968. Gibson finished the ’68 season with a 22-9 record, 1.12 ERA in 304.2 IP and 268 strikeouts. However, Gibson attended Creighton University on a basketball scholarship, similar to Kenny Lofton’s story. Gibson was a legend in his hometown of Omaha on the basketball courts. So good, in fact, Gibson’s high school basketball coach wrote to legendary coach Branch McCracken of the Indiana University Hoosiers about him. However, back then there was a quota for black players allowed on the basketball team, which was one, and they had already filled it, so Gibson was out of luck. Creighton came along, though, and offered him a basketball scholarship, he accepted, and became the first black basketball player in the school’s history. He was a prolific scorer, averaging over 20 points per game during his career at Creighton. He was even offered a $3,000 to sign with the Cardinals out of college, but put it off so he could play with the Harlem Globetrotters.

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