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Gibson, Josh

Negro League great (and later Major League Baseball Hall of Famer) Josh Gibson was born in Buena Vista, Georgia on December 21, 1911. He became one of the greatest power hitters and catchers in the history of baseball. His power was so noted that he became known at the “black babe Ruth.” Gibson wasa battling a brain tumor and died of a stroke in Pittsburg, PA on January 20, 1947. He was elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. On July 6, 2000, the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp honoring Gibson.

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Source: Collection of Ed Jackson