+6 Was there an awkward reunion? Gibson never played in the major leagues because of the unwritten "gentleman's agreement" that prevented non-white players from participating. " (This figure includes vs. semi-pro competition and in exhibition games.) Hawthorn premiership star and TV personality Josh Gibson is single again after his relationship with Olga Kononchuk ended just before Christmas. Peterson, Robert. , In 1928, Gibson met Helen Mason, whom he married on March 7, 1929. His lifetime batting average is said to be higher than .350, with other sources putting it as high as .384, the best in Negro league history. He was named to the Washington Nationals Ring of Honor for his "significant contribution to the game of baseball in Washington, D.C" as part of the Homestead Grays on August 10, 2010. He stood 6-foot-1 (185 cm) and weighed 210 pounds (95 kg) at the peak of his career. Entering sixth grade in Pittsburgh, Gibson prepared to become an electrician, attending Allegheny Pre-Vocational School and Conroy Pre-Vocational School. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. Corrections? Updates? Décédé trois mois avant les débuts de Jackie Robinson chez les Brooklyn Dodgers, il n'évoluera jamais dans les ligues majeures. , The true statistical achievements of Negro league players may be impossible to know as the Negro leagues did not compile complete statistics or game summaries. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox.  In fact, some fans at the time who saw both Ruth and Gibson play called Ruth "the white Josh Gibson". It is also believed that Gibson hit a home run in a Negro league game at Yankee Stadium that struck two feet from the top of the wall circling the center field bleachers, about 580 feet (180 m) from home plate. This article was most recently revised and updated by, https://www.britannica.com/biography/Josh-Gibson, National Baseball Hall of Fame - Biography of Josh Gibson, BlackHistoryNow - Biography of Josh Gibson, Josh Gibson - Student Encyclopedia (Ages 11 and up). Il lutte avec Satchel Paige et le jeune Jackie Robinson, deux joueurs extrêmement talentueux, pour avoir l'honneur d'être le premier joueur noir à fouler les pelouses de ligue majeure depuis soixante ans. [page needed] According to Holway, Gibson ranks third all-time in the Negro leagues in average among players with 2,000+ AB (trailing Jud Wilson by three points and John Beckwith by one). Total career SB: 11. Il est l'actuel guitariste des Red Hot Chili Peppers. ", In early 1943, Gibson fell into a coma and was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  Thus, it is important to distinguish between records against all competition and records in league games only. He also reportedly hit 84 home runs in 1936 and amassed nearly 800 career homers—though those figures have been much disputed. , The Negro leagues generally found it more profitable to schedule relatively few league games and allow the teams to earn extra money through barnstorming against semi-professional and other non-league teams. Gibson played baseball in the United States, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Mexico, with a lifetime batting average of .354–.384, depending on which statistics are counted.