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Tuesday, February 19
Police cite Gibson and other driver with assault

Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. -- Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson was cited for assault after a case of possible road rage.

Authorities said the situation started Friday in traffic in Omaha, and ended about 10 miles away after a fistfight at an Interstate 80 gas station in Sarpy County.

Miguel Sanchez alleged Gibson pulled out from a car lot and cut him off in traffic. Sanchez admitted he retaliated and cut Gibson off, but believed the altercation would end there.

"I learned a lesson," Sanchez said.

Both Gibson and Sanchez were cited Saturday for third-degree assault. They were expected in court March 20.

"I don't have any comment," Gibson said from his Bellevue home Tuesday. "It just doesn't do any good to talk about that kind of stuff."

Sanchez claimed Gibson followed him for more than 10 miles as he left Omaha and traveled west on Interstate 80.

When Sanchez stopped for gas, he said Gibson confronted him.

"I turned my back to reach for the nozzle ... that is when he hit me here and hit me here," Sanchez said, pointing to both eyes.

He also had a cut above one black-and-blue eye that he said required five stitches.

Gibson told authorities he followed Sanchez because he wanted the Omaha man to pay for his eyeglasses, which he said were broken when Sanchez cut him off in traffic. According to police records, Gibson also claimed the 45-year-old Sanchez swung first.

Sanchez said they continued to fight until it was broken up by another driver.

According to authorities, Gibson left the scene after the fight, and a witness wrote down his license plate number.

Gibson, 66, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.

The Omaha native pitched for over 17 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.

He won 20 games five times and posted a 1.12 ERA in 1968, the lowest figure since 1914, and a factor in convincing baseball officials to lower the pitching mound the next year.

Gibson posted World Series records of seven consecutive wins and 17 strikeouts in a game, both of which remain unbroken.

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