Perhaps no other pitcher in history started their career with as much nervous and anxiety as Norwood Gibson, a famous Catholic athlete who pitched Notre Dame to a collegiate championship before landing a gig with the Boston Red Sox (né Americans).
On April 29, 1903, Gibson made his big league debut against the Washington Nationals and walked nine batters, losing 9-5. But though he may have been erratic at first, Gibson settled in and won 13 games for Jimmy Collins as Boston won the pennant and earned the right to face the National League champion in what the two leagues were calling the “World’s Series.” Gibson watched from the sidelines as teammates Bill Dinneen and Cy Young pitched all but two innings in the eight game set won by Boston.
Gibson had his finest season in 1904 when he won 17 games and completed 29 of his starts. But he was the low man on the totem pole for Collins and the Bostons: he was the #4 starter behind Young, Dinneen, and Jesse Tannehill. He pitched only two more seasons and won only four more games before embarking on a career as a chemist. In the 1920s he was one of the people who worked on the Baby Ruth candy bar for the Curtiss Candy Co.