Gibson's jersey number joins a rare group which have been retired by the Spartans. Another notable retired MSU number belongs to MLB Hall of Famer Robin Roberts who also played for the Spartans basketball team. (Robin Roberts is also my pick for the best to ever wear the jersey number 36 in professional sports).
Now, why did it take until now for the Spartans to retire Gibson's number in baseball? Well, maybe because he was more of a football star at Michigan State. He was actually an All-American wide receiver for the Spartans, who played just one year of baseball. That one year of baseball was enough to make the scouts swarm East Lansing, and the rest, as they say, is history.