Josh Gibson is credited with over 800 homers and seven Negro League batting championships. His power produced a mythical status with tall tales accompanying it.
One of the funniest of such stories takes place in Pittsburgh. In the bottom of the ninth, down a run, with a runner on base and two outs, Gibson hits one high and deep, so far into the twilight sky that it disappears from sight, apparently winning the game.
The next day, the same two teams are playing again, now in Washington. Just as the teams have positioned themselves on the field, a ball comes falling out of the sky and a Washington outfielder grabs it. The umpire yells to Gibson, “You’re out! In Pittsburgh, yesterday!”
Shown here is a photo of Gibson playing catcher working to apply the tag to the Homestead Grays Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe, so named because of his prowess at the plate and on the mound.