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Today would have been the 101st birthday for long time Negro Leagues star Josh Gibson. Gibson was described as the “black Babe Ruth” because of the length of the homeruns he used to hit. Josh passed away on January 20, 1947, just three months before Jackie Robinson became the one to break the color barrier, something that obviously should have been done years before.
Great stories have been told about this man’s ability. He certainly had talent that few others had; a catcher that hit for average, power and had very good speed. Looking at the greatest MLB catchers to ever play the game, none had the ability he had. It was a damn crime that this man did not get the chance to play in the major leagues because of his skin color.
Because of the lack of statistical records kept in the Negro Leagues, it is hard to measure exactly how good Gibson’s numbers really were. His Hall of Fame plague (enshrined in 1972 by the special committee on the Negro Leagues) says that he hit “alm...
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