Mr. Gibson, ace pitcher of the world champion St. Louis Cardinals and hero of the 1967 World Series, has produced a fairly standard version of his hardwon success. He modestly declines to accept the ""glory"" of the title personally and postpones its justification until everyone, without regard to color, has an equal chance. He accepts the ghetto tag and his own childhood as one of a fatherless brood of seven. However, Gibson, an outstanding basketball and baseball performer in school and college, wound up on the Harlem Globetrotters, later found his niche in baseball. . . . You've been hit by this pitch before, so you may have to rely on the name to secure readers for a perfectly all right if nothing special book.