Russ Gibson

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John Russell Gibson

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A star in three sports (football, basketball, and baseball) at Durfee High School, catcher Russ Gibson signed with the Boston Red Sox organization in 1957 following graduation. After spending a decade in the minors, he joined the Red Sox in 1967. In his big league debut, he was behind the plate when Billy Rohr threw 8 2/3 innings of no-hit ball against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 14th, and he got two hits off Hall of Famer Whitey Ford. In his next outing, he played all 18 innings of a marathon game, making nine plate appearances. Overall that year, he hit .203 in 49 games and was the starting backstop in Game 1 of the World Series.

After three years with Boston, Gibson was sold to the San Francisco Giants, and he spent three years there, primarily as backup to Dick Dietz.

Following his baseball career, Gibson worked for the Massachusetts Lottery for many years. He died at age 69 after suffering heart problems and undergoing dialysis for more than a decade.

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