Josh Gibson Born

Josh Gibson Born.
Josh Gibson was born on this date. He was a professional baseball player, a star of the Negro Leagues and one of the greatest players in history. He played as a catcher and was one of the most feared power hitters in history, alleged to have hit more than 800 home runs in his career.

He began playing in 1927 on a team sponsored by Gimbels Department store. and later signed by the Pittsburgh Crawfords. H also played for the Homestead Grays of the Negro Leagues, the Dragones de Ciudad Trujillo of the Dominican League and Azules de Veracruz of the Mexican League. One of the greatest experiences for him was when he played for the Kansas City Monarchs alongside teammates Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson.

In what many feel was his best year, he  batted .467 with 55 home runs and batted .351 for his career. He died in 1943 after suffering from a cancerous brain tumor and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. The United States Postal System designated a stamp in his honor in 2000.