Gibson, Josh(Joshua Gibson) 1911–47, American baseball player, b. Buena Vista, Ga. A catcher and the long-time batterymate of Satchel PaigePaige, Satchel
(Leroy Paige) , 1906–82, American baseball player, b. Mobile, Ala. He began pitching in 1924, joined his first professional team two years later, and became a star in the Negro leagues during the 1930s.
..... Click the link for more information. , Gibson was called "the Babe Ruth of the Negro Leagues." Playing 17 years for the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Homestead Grays, he is said to have hit 84 home runs one season and perhaps 800 in his career, and to be the only man to have hit a fair ball out of New York's Yankee Stadium. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.
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Gibson, (Joshua) Josh(1911–47) baseball player; born in Buena Vista, Ga. As a catcher for the Pittsburgh Crawfords and Homestead Grays of the 1930s and 1940s black baseball leagues, he was known as "the black Babe Ruth." One of the most powerful homerun hitters in the game's history (he is unofficially credited with almost 800), he was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1972.
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