Gibson’s story is that of overlooked slugger
The bronze-cast lettering on Josh Gibson’s Hall of Fame plaque in Cooperstown credits him with hitting almost 800 home runs in league and independent baseball during his 17-year career. It also cites his four Negro League batting crowns.
Gibson was the most prolific home run hitter in Negro League history and among the greatest hitters professional baseball has ever known. In the segregated baseball circles of their times, Gibson was known to some as “the Black Babe Ruth,” while others knew Ruth as the “White Josh Gibson.”