Wednesday, March 18, 2015

HALL OF FAME #11: JOSH GIBSON: CLASS OF 1972

Here was a VERY nice card to work on! A 1972 "Hall of Fame Inductee" card for Negro League superstar Josh Gibson.
Check it out:


Really, what is left to be said about perhaps the greatest Negro League player of all-time?
The "Black Babe Ruth", sadly so many of his achievements are lost to lack of true record-keeping through his extensive barn-storming play.
He was reported to have hit about 800 lifetime home runs, hit a ball completely out of Yankee Stadium (something never done before or since), posted a .384 lifetime average, won nine home run titles and four batting titles.
What DOES remain fact was that throughout the years since his death in 1947 at the young age of 35 from a stroke, Gibson is considered one of the all-time great power hitters, hands-down.
In 2000, when the Sporting News posted their "100 Greatest Baseball Players of All-Time", Gibson was ranked 18th, the highest position of any Negro League player (ahead of Satchel Paige, Buck Leonard, Cool Papa Bell and Oscar Charleston).
The man was, and is, still mythic in baseball lore.
Sadly because of the "gentleman's agreement" instituted at the turn of the 20th century, we'd never see him perform against his contemporaries in the Major Leagues.

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