BOSTON — Winning Game 7 of a championship series in Boston seems like an insurmountable task.
But 52 years ago, Bob Gibson put on a show for the ages as the Cardinals beat the Red Sox in Game 7 at Fenway Park. The Blues will be trying to channel some of that magic on Wednesday night.
Gibson pitched a complete game, two run, three hit, 10 strikeout masterpiece to win the Cardinals the World Series on the road.
Oh yeah, he also hit a home run in Game 7.
So who could become a hero for the St. Louis Blues on the road for a Stanley Cup Final Game 7 in Boston?
How about Jordan Binnington? The goalie in hockey is most like the pitcher in baseball. Binnington certainly has the best story. He also has some Gibson-esque qualities when it comes to unflappability and intimidation.
Or what about David Perron, Alex Steen or Alex Pietrangelo?
All three of those guys have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this franchise. It'd be great to see them come full-circle in their Blues journeys.
Or maybe a dominant player like Vladimir Tarasenko or Ryan O'Reilly?
Big time players step up in big time games. Bob Gibson proved that in 1967. Tarasenko or O'Reilly certainly fit the mold to prove it in this Game 7.
The kicker here?
A day after Gibson's gem to win the World Series, the Blues played their first game in franchise history on October 12, 1967.