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Only the Ball Was WhiteA History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams$
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Robert Peterson

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195076370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195076370.001.0001

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(p.158) 12 Josh
Only the Ball Was White

Robert Peterson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the story of Josh Gibson's legendary home-run hits. He was credited not just a home-run hitter but as the home-run hitter. He was considered a black Babe Ruth. The chapter discusses his family life at Georgia where he was born. He started off his baseball career catching for the Crawford Colored Giants of Pittsburgh. The Homestead Grays set the scene for his start with the big leagues as catcher. Some disputed his catching abilities but some swear he was a great catcher as well. However, Gibson was introduced to the bottle and he was repeatedly suspended for “failing to observe training rules”. He was eventually diagnosed with having a brain tumor after lapsing into coma. He died from a stroke. He was well-revered by his colleagues.

Keywords:   Josh Gibson, home-run hitter, Babe Ruth, Crawford Colored Giants, Homestead Grays

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