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Written by Liz Banks   
Thursday, 29 May 2014

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Second only to the legendary Satchel Paige among Negro League players in terms of fame and popularity, Josh Gibson is generally considered to be the greatest hitter in the history of black baseball. An almost mythical figure, Gibson was often referred to as the "Black Babe Ruth" during his playing days due to his tremendous power at the plate. Yet, those people who saw the Negro League catcher perform regularly preferred to think of Ruth as the "White Josh Gibson." While statistics for Negro League players are far from reliable, Gibson reportedly won nine home-run titles and four batting championships during a 17-year career that began in 1930 and ended in 1946.

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