PITTSBURGH -- What did Josh Gibson look like when he rifled the ball down to second to catch a would-be base-stealer?
was the predicament facing staffers of the Western Pennsylvania Sports
Museum and LifeFormations, the Bowling Green, Ohio-based company that
created the lifelike figure of the famous Negro League catcher that was
unveiled Thursday at the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip
When Sean Gibson, executive director of the Josh Gibson
Foundation, pulled the cloth from the statue, it was obvious he
resembles his great-grandfather.
PITTSBURGH -- The Josh Gibson Foundation, headed by Gibson's great-grandson, Sean,
will host the Josh Gibson Centennial Negro League Gala on Aug. 13 at the
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh.
The event will honor the 100th anniversary of the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords slugger's birth in 1911.
Sean Gibson said Tuesday that the foundation will award two local
high school students with scholarships in Gibson's name, as well as
honoring Hall of Fame outfielder Reggie Jackson with the Josh Gibson
SAN DIEGO -- Many scores and years after Lincoln abolished slavery, African-Americans
still couldn’t do a lot of things and go a lot of places where white
people worked, dined, resided and played. They could go to war. But they
couldn’t play major league baseball.
It is one of our greatest shames.
Even after Jackie Robinson
broke through baseball’s color line in 1947, the Negro Leagues, which
produced some of the greatest players in history, remained necessary
because MLB couldn’t scrape off all of its lily-white skin overnight.
"In an alternate universe, this is
the man, not Babe Ruth, whose short, compact swing produces the
longest, and most home runs. He would be the charismatic figure that
would first reach 500, 600, and 700 career home runs. Playing in the
Negro Leagues in the 1930s, he never got the chance to play Major
League Baseball. The home-run record for a catcher in the major leagues
was only 209 until the mid-1950s. Gibson would have had two or three
times that amount."
-- Elliott Kalb on Josh Gibson.
CONNECTICUT (BP) -- When
Boston's Ted Williams hit .406 to win the AL batting crown in 1941, he
was regarded by many as baseball's last .400 hitter.
However, a brief look at the history books would prove you wrong.
seven years after the Spendid Splinter turned the trick, one of the
best leadoff hitters in the history of Negro League baseball would take
his place as professional baseball's last .400 hitter.
Wilson of the Birmingham Black Barons was regarded by many as one of
the finest shortstops in the Negro Leagues in 1940's.