#Spotlight – This week we welcome our newest partner - The Josh Gibson Foundation!
Despite struggling with health issues, Josh Gibson would lead the Homestead Grays to another Negro National League crown in 1945, batting .323.
In 1946, Gibson would go on a power tear:
- 440-foot home run at Yankee Stadium
- 457-foot blow in Pittsburgh
- 500-foot shot at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis
- a ball that cleared the roof at Shibe Park in Philadelphia.
JOSH GIBSON 1911 - 1947
On January 20, 1947, Josh Gibson passed away.
THE JOSH GIBSON CAREER
- Officially, Josh Gibson would be credited with 107 home runs and a .350 average.
- Homestead Grays teams would win 9 league titles
- Unofficially he would hit over 800 homeruns
- 12 time All-Star
- 2 time Negro World Series Champion
- Washington National Ring of Honor
- 1972 Baseball Hall of Fame (along with Buck Leonard) becoming the 2nd and 3rd players behind Satchel Paige.
JOSH GIBSON FOUNDATION
Read about the Foundation here
JOSH GIBSON HALL OF FAME SHIRT
As part of our celebration, we have created a new design that recognizes the 1972 Hall of Fame induction of the greatest hitter in the history of the Negro Leagues.
Each letter has an image of Josh's illustrious career for the:
- Homestead Grays (1929-1931, 1937-1940, 1942-1946)
- Pittsburgh Crawfords (1932-1936)
- Santurce Cangrejeros (1932)
- Dragones de Ciudad Trujillo (1937)
- Azules de Veracruz (1940-1941)
Proceeds from the Sales of these products benefit The Josh Gibson Foundation