Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 12/21/12
      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...
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ben McAdoo throws Eli Manning under the bus

The Giants are just as bad as they look

Winners and losers from 'Monday Night Football' in Week 2

10 things the college football polls got wrong after Week 3

Andrew Bogut reportedly will sign with Lakers

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jamal Agnew burns Giants with 88-yard punt return

Report: Judge Adalaide Byrd could be removed from UFC 216

Giants fans boo team off the field after ugly first half

Evan Engram gets penalty for crotch grab after touchdown

Matthew Stafford poked in eye on strip sack

Jason Garrett: Ezekiel Elliott lacked effort on interceptions

The 'Remember the tight ends' quiz

Ranking the best college football fan bases

Getaway Day: Time runs short as postseason nears

Sports & Politics Intersect: White House sticks it to sports

The 'Not so elementary, my dear Watson' quiz

September chill hits Astros, Dodgers at worst time

College football 2017 Week 3 predictions

Three Up, Three Down: Cleveland hits historic heights while Cubs struggle

The 'Will the Indians ever lose again?' quiz

What's to become of Andy Dalton in Cincinnati?

NFL Week 2 predictions

The 'Kobe finally does something that Jordan did not do' quiz

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Ranking the best college football fan bases

The 'Remember the tight ends' quiz

Getaway Day: Time runs short as postseason nears

Sports & Politics Intersect: White House sticks it to sports

The 'Not so elementary, my dear Watson' quiz

September chill hits Astros, Dodgers at worst time

Three Up, Three Down: Cleveland hits historic heights while Cubs struggle

The 'Will the Indians ever lose again?' quiz

What's to become of Andy Dalton in Cincinnati?

College football 2017 Week 3 predictions

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker