Let's revisit the tale of Josh Gibson hitting a baseball from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia
On Josh Gibson's birthday, we recall some HR folklore
Josh Gibson, born on Dec. 21, 1911, would've been 104 years old today.
The Hall of Fame catcher spent his entire baseball career in the Negro Leagues, Mexican and Caribbean Winter Leagues -- slugging what many estimate to be more than 800 total home runs. He's considered to be among the best to ever play the game. Unfortunately, he died just three months before Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier.
Stories of Gibson's feats are epic, from hitting a home run clear out of Yankee Stadium as an 18-year-old in 1930 to dominating the game in three separate countries in 1937 to crushing a ball 600 feet during a 1941 Winter League game in Puerto Rico.
While some of those are true, albeit a bit exaggerated (stats from that time period are difficult to totally confirm), there's one anecdote that seems to come straight out of a Paul Bunyan tale. Of course, that means it's also the best one. Via Robert W. Peterson's book "Only the Ball was White":
Some strong power from Josh, but perhaps an even a better catch by the center fielder.
Happy would-be-birthday to Mr. Gibson.