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Josh Gibson portrait, by Graig Kreindler

Joshua “Josh” Gibson

Pittsburgh Crawfords – 1928

Pittsburgh Industrial League

Pos: C

Bats: R Throws: R

Height:6’ 1” Weight: 210

Black Baseball Career: 1928-1946

Born: 12/21/1911 Buena Vista, GA

Died: 1/20/1947 Pittsburgh, PA

Gibson, a special player with extraordinary power, is variously credited with 800 to 962 home runs inclusive of exhibition games against semi-pro and industrial teams like the Gimbels Department Store which provided Gibson with his first opportunity.  In 1928, Hooks Tinker brought Gibson to the Crawfords then sponsored by J.W. King who delivered ice and coal in the Hill District.

In 1923 Gibson’s family came to Pittsburgh as part of the Great Migration which began in 1910 bringing 6 million southern rural blacks to the north looking for jobs and to escape the rise of the Ku Klux Klan.

Baseball Hall of Fame: 1972


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