Black History Month – Josh Gibson

An American baseball catcher primarily in the Negro leagues. Baseball historians consider Gibson to be among the very best power hitters and catchers in baseball history. In 1972, he became the second Negro league player to be inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Feb. 22, 2021
680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – “The Black Babe Ruth,” that’s what many called Josh Gibson, the negro league power hitting catcher. The Buena Vista, Georgia, native played 16 seasons in the Negro Leagues and was the second Negro Leaguer inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame. With a career average of .359, many considered Gibson better than Jackie Robinson, who of course was major league baseball’s first black player. Gibson also played professionally in Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic & Mexico and passed away at the young age of 35 in Pittsburgh in 1947. His son Josh Gibson, Jr. operates the Josh Gibson Foundation, who provides academic & athletic programs that foster leadership & scholarship.

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