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Josh Gibson, the Black Babe Ruth
30x40 oil on board

Josh Gibson - The “Black Babe Ruth (1911-1947). Born in Buena Vista, Georgia, Gibson was credited with 962 home runs in his 17-year career. He compiled a .354 batting average in The Negro Leagues. He was a player who not only personified power in the batter’s box, but who was also quick behind the plate and from base to base. Although Gibson’s dream was to become the first major league player to be recruited from The Negro Leagues, he died a premature death just a few months before Jackie Robinson became the first black major leaguer. Josh Gibson was elected to The National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.