George Gibson

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George C. Gibson

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11½", Weight 190 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

George and his family
Gibson catching for the Pirates in 1921

The father-in-law of Bill Warwick, catcher George Gibson played over a decade in the majors. He was a true ironman for the pennant-winning Pittsburgh Pirates in 1909 as he sat out only one game from the start of the season until October 3rd, that coming on May 5th. He started 150 of the Pirates' 154 games that year, with Paddy O'Connor starting one game and Mike Simon three. He hit .265 with 52 RBIs that season, contributing on both sides of the dish and also played every inning of the Pirates' win over the Detroit Tigers in the 1909 World Series.

After his playing career ended, he coached for the 1918 Syracuse Stars, managed the 1919 Toronto Maple Leafs was manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1920 to 1922. He was a Washington Senators coach in 1923 and became a member of the Chicago Cubs coaching staff in 1925 before taking over as the club's skipper late in the season. In 1926, he returned to his role as a Cubs coach as well as scouting for them, and from 1932 to 1934, Gibson was again the Pirates manager. Gibson was the last Canadian manager in the big leagues until Rob Thomson in 2022. He was vice president of the London Tigers in 1940-1941.

As seen in the photo above, Gibson was married to Margaret (neé McMurphy) (1879-1953). It's believed that the young boy in this portrait is their son George, who was born February 19, 1901 and the young girl is their daughter, Marguerite who was born December 3, 1902.

Notable Achievement[edit]

Preceded by
Hugo Bezdek
Pittsburgh Pirates Manager
Succeeded by
Bill McKechnie
Preceded by
Rabbit Maranville
Chicago Cubs Manager
Succeeded by
Joe McCarthy
Preceded by
Jewel Ens
Pittsburgh Pirates Manager
Succeeded by
Pie Traynor

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1919 Toronto Maple Leafs International League 92-57 2nd none
1920 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 79-75 4th Pittsburgh Pirates
1921 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 90-63 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates
1922 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 32-33 -- Pittsburgh Pirates replaced by Bill McKechnie on July 1
1925 Chicago Cubs National League 12-14 8th Chicago Cubs replaced Bill Killefer (33-42) and Rabbit Maranville (23-30) on September 3
1932 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 86-68 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates
1933 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 87-67 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates
1934 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 27-24 -- Pittsburgh Pirates replaced by Pie Traynor on June 19

Further Reading[edit]

  • Richard C. Armstrong: George “Mooney” Gibson: Canadian Catcher for the Deadball Era Pirates, McFarland, Jefferson, NC. ISBN 978-1-4766-7969-3

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