Gibson, Josh

Joshua Gibson
Born: December 21, 1911, Buena Vista, Georgia
Died: January 20, 1947, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Played For: 
Pittsburgh Crawfords (1930-1937), Homestead Grays (1937-1946)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Negro Leagues Committee: 1972

A tragic and legendary figure, Josh Gibson was the greatest power hitter in black baseball, pounding out home runs with regularity despite playing most of his career in two of baseball's most cavernous ballparks: Forbes Field and Griffith Stadium. He utilized a fluid, compact swing to hit for both average and power, and tales of his mammoth home runs became legend. In recorded at-bats against big league pitching, Gibson batted .426. He died just three months before the integration of baseball in the Major Leagues.

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Did You Know: 
that Josh Gibson got his start with Homestead of the Negro National League in July of 1930 when he came out of the stands to replace the Grays' injured catcher?
Josh Gibson was, at the minimum, two Yogi Berras.
Bill Veeck