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This Day in Georgia History

January 20, 1947

Josh Gibson Died

Baseball Hall of Famer Josh Gibson died in Pittsburgh, Penn. Born Dec. 21, 1911 in Buena Vista, Ga., he didn’t play baseball until his family moved to Pittsburgh when he was 13. Gibson played catcher, but it was his ability to hit home runs that made him the Babe Ruth of the Negro League. Playing for the Pittsburgh Crawfords, he hit 84 home runs in the 1936 season - the all-time record for any professional baseball player. In 1972, Gibson became the second Negro League player to be inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, joining famed pitcher Satchel Paige.