Josh Gibson Biography
(One of the Best Power Hitters and Catchers in Baseball History.)
Birthday: December 21, 1911 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Buena Vista, Georgia, United States
Josh Gibson was an African-American Negro league baseball player who achieved an almost mythical status. Perhaps one of the greatest power hitters and catchers in history, he has often been referred to as the “black Babe Ruth”. At that time, racial segregation and oppression of civil rights in USA prevented Gibson and other black athletes from playing in ‘Major League Baseball’. Yet he managed to create an unparalleled legacy for himself in the Negro baseball leagues. He also played in the Mexican leagues and Cuban leagues. Estimated to have hit over 800 home runs, Josh Gibson has played for teams like ‘Homestead Grays’, ‘Pittsburgh Crawfords’, ‘Dragones de Ciudad Trujillo’, and ‘Azules de Veracruz’ as well. Additionally, he was also a twelve-time All-Star player at the ‘East-West All-Star Game’ of the Negro league baseball. In addition, Josh was a two-time ‘Negro World Series’ champion. In recognition of all his achievements, he was ultimately inducted into the ‘Baseball Hall of Fame’. However, it is widely speculated that Gibson died a heartbroken man because he could not break the American League color barrier that Jackie Robinson was able to break.