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Nelson Gibson--Pilot prospect--passes away

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  • Nelson Gibson--Pilot prospect--passes away

    Some time ago, I posted I was looking for a picture of Nelson Gibson (still am, by the way). Though Gibson never pitched for the Pilots, he was selected by them in the 24th round of the 1968 draft and was carried on their 40-man roster in both 1969 and 1970. Mr. Gibson passed away July 18. He was 66 years old. I wrote a small piece about him over at Baseball Birthdays and his actual obituary can be found here.

    Gibson was primarily a relief pitcher, a hard-throwing right-hander. His career was interrupted by the draft. After serving in the Vietnam War, Gibson returned to the Brewers organization, but struggled at the higher levels. In 1972, he took a position on the faculty of Calhoun Falls High School in South Carolina teaching history and coaching baseball. He eventually became the school's principal and remained in that position until he retired. By all acounts, Nelson Gibson was the type of teacher and boss we all hope to be lucky enough to encounter in our lives.

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