George Gibson

George Gibson, "Mooney," baseball player (b at London, Ont 22 July 1880; d there 25 Jan 1967). Gibson signed a pro contract in 1903 and joined the Pittsburgh Pirates 2 years later. He had a strong throwing arm and led National League catchers in fielding percentage several times. He was a member of Pittsburgh's 1909 World Series champions and played in the majors until 1918. Known as a developer of young pitchers, Gibson later managed the Pirates (1920-22, 1932-34) and the Chicago Cubs (1925). He was named Canada's baseball player of the half century and in 1958 was the first baseball player elected to the Canada Sports Hall of Fame.