Cardinals Hall of Famer Bob Gibson diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

null Baseball The Cardinals took a hit over the weekend when Hall of Famer Bob Gibson announced he was battling pancreatic cancer.Gibson, 83, sent a memo to all living Hall of Famers that he was undergoing treatment for the disease, the St. Lo

uis Post-Dispatch reported. Gibson's agent, Dick Zitzmann, also said that Gibson had visited Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and currently is hospitalized in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. He's expected to begin treatment for chemotherapy Monday.“We all know what a competitor he is,” Zitzmann said. News of Gibson's diagnosis broke Saturday night, when Hall of Famer Jack Morris received his notification while calling the Twins game.Gibson is considered one of the Cardinals' greatest pitchers. In his 17-season career, he won 251 games, finished 255 games, threw 56 shutouts, pitched 3,885 1/3 innings and had 3,117 strikeouts. All are Cardinals franchise records. Related News wrap: Cody Bellinger helps Dodgers top Red Sox on his birthday trade rumors: Here's who the Tigers could want from teams targeting Matthew Boyd Gibson pitched nine postseason games in three World Series appearances for the Cardinals and won seven of them. He helped St. Louis win two World Series titles in 1964 and 1967, and was named NL MVP in 1968.He also is a two-time Cy Young winner, two-time World Series MVP and a nine-time Gold Glove winner.Gibson revealed he had heart issues at the height of his career and possibly had a heart attack at 32.“We were in Houston and I had cramps in the top of my stomach that hurt so bad that I couldn’t get out of bed. I didn’t know what it was and it lasted half a day. It would start in the front and go all the way to the back. I thought it was indigestion," Gibson said last year.“Twenty years later, I had a checkup and some doctor ticked me off when he said, ‘Have you ever had a heart attack?’ The EKG looks like you’ve had a heart attack. I walked out of his office and never went back. I said, ‘It’s too late to tell me now. You’re going to cause another one.’“I got to thinking about that. I was (32) but I said, ‘I wonder if that’s what it could have been.’ It hurt so bad that I was down on my knees. You know when you’re young, you say, ‘Ah, just take some aspirin.’ But that’s the only time I can remember having something hurt that badly that it could have been a heart attack. It started in my rib cavity and went straight through to my back.“If I had gone to the doctor and if I were having heart attack, I probably never would have pitched after that. Good thing I didn’t go check it out."