Someone said the keyboardist was Denny McLain. Is this true?
He sure looks the same as this guy
The rumor was that the Mafia broke McLain's toe that winter (I forget why) and he was never the same again.
While Bob Gibson's 1968 numbers were certainly better because of pitching off the higher mound, 15" vs 10", it's not like the mound had been 15" since the Cincinnati Red Stockings in 1869 and just changed because a few pitchers had good years. It was set back to where it had always been before 1963, when the short pitcher's era of the 1960's began. He was the best pitcher in the National League that year and deserved the accolades. If they aren't quite what they seem in the historical context doesn't change that he was a dominant pitcher.