Josh Gibson Biography

Biography of Negro League great, Josh Gibson who is often called

Josh Gibson's story is amazing and tragic at the same time.

Gibson was born in 1911 and his ability as a young semi-pro player earned him a shot with the Homestead Grays of the Negro Leagues in 1930.

He played there for two seasons before jumping to the Pittsburgh Crawfords in 1932. It was in Pittsburgh where Gibson's notoriety grew. Winner of 3 league home run titles, his tape-measure blasts became the stuff of baseball legend.

With little media attention, most of the Gibson lore remains just that. But his contemporaries insist Gibson would have held his own in a homer-hitting contest with Babe Ruth.

Gibson's vagabond career took him to the Mexican and Puerto Rican leagues before he returned to the States and the Grays in 1942. It was with that team that he picked up 3 more batting titles and four more home run titles.

In all, Gibson led the Negro Leagues in homers nine times. His lifetime average of .384 was the highest in league history.

Well-liked by fans and teammates, Gibson was voted to start in nine all-star games where he also shined, with a career .483 average.

Gibson longed for the chance to play in the major leagues, but it would not be until 1947 when a black player finally got the chance. Jackie Robinson's entry opened the door too late for Gibson, who died just months earlier after suffering a sudden stroke. He was only 35 years old.

Gibson's legend propelled him to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.

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