Josh Gibson

Birthdate 12/21/1911
Death Date 1/20/1947
Debut Year 1930
Year of Induction 1972
Teams Negro Leagues
Position Catcher

Catcher Josh Gibson hit over 800 home runs. Is it better to call Gibson, “The Black Babe Ruth“, or call the Bambino “The White Josh Gibson”?

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Photo of Josh Gibson trying to tag out Ted Radcliffe at the plate

Photo of Josh Gibson trying to tag out Ted Radcliffe at the plate

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,
Buck O'Neil lists Josh Gibson on his All Time Negro League team

Buck O'Neil lists Josh Gibson on his All Time Negro League team

The Veterans Committee thought enough of Josh gibson to put him in the Hall of Fame. Thinking along those same lines, the legendary Buck O’Neil rated Gibson his his catcher among O’Neil’s All Time Negro League All Stars. A quick glance at the rest of the names finds many Hall of Fame players o
Hall of Fame Plaque of Josh Gibson

Hall of Fame Plaque of Josh Gibson

As one of the best players in the history of baseball, Josh Gibson excites historians and autograph collectors alike. Though he enjoyed a long and productive playing career, Gibson was diagnosed with a brain tumor while an active player. Refusing the option of surgical removal, Gibson continued playing for four more seasons with horrific

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