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Josh Gibson - Career Statistics

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Yr Team AVG GP AB H HR SB
Grays: Homestead Grays; Pitt: Pittsburgh Crawfords; WAS: WAS Homestead.
1930 Grays .242 10 33 8 1 1
1931 Grays .372 32 129 48 6 0
1932 Pitt .286 46 147 42 7 1
1933 Grays .362 34 116 42 6 1
1934 Pitt .315 41 146 46 11 1
1935 Pitt .333 37 129 43 11 3
1936 Pitt .360 23 75 27 11 0
1937 Grays .500 12 42 21 7 0
1938 Grays .311 19 74 23 4 1
1939 WAS .330 29 88 29 17 0
1940 Grays .167 2 6 1 1 0
1942 WAS .335 51 158 53 15 3
1943 Grays .517 57 209 108 16 0
1944 Grays .361 28 97 35 6 0
1945 Grays .316 31 98 31 11 0
1946 Grays .379 49 132 50 16 0
Totals .362 501 1679 607 146 11
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over 7 years ago

Hello, I am a sport journalists, I believe Josh Gibson was the best player of baseball history. He´s 962 homers in 17 season in Negro League, will be not affortdable for other player never. Sincerely.

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about 8 years ago

Gibson's stats here reflect his Negro League Stats only. There seems to have been on average of 40 to 50 league games per season. Teams played a heavy schedule of semi pro teams between league games. Gibson likely did hit more than 70 homers on a couple of occasions but most of those weren't in league games.
What is most impressive to me about Gibson was that he played a majority of his home games in Griffith Stadium and Forbes Field, two of the most difficult parks to hit homeruns in. Yet Gibson managed to distance himself from the other top Negro League home run hitters when you look at hr/ab.
Babe Ruth was the first real home run hitter. Major League baseball needed a ticket draw after the 1919 black sox scandal. They tailored the baseball personally for Babe Ruth and ushered in the live ball era. It took the rest of baseball some time to adjust their philosophy towards big and slow homerun hitters so in the early 20's no one was close to Ruth. By the late 20s and early 30s Jimmy Fox and Lou Gehrig arrived. Babe Ruth was still well ahead of the other top home run hitters but the gap between him and the rest of the pack was very comparable to the gap between Gibson and the rest of the pack in the Negro leagues.
The difference is that Ruth did it in a home park that was favorable for him. His stats show that he didn’t really take advantage of Yankee Stadium’s short right field so maybe it was neutral for him. Gibson did play in the worst conditions for a homerun hitter.
In my opinion there is little doubt that the evidence that does exist shows Gibson to be the greatest homerun hitter of all time. The problem is that there is not enough of that evidence to make it conclusive.

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3 months ago

It is disappointing to have heard all of these years how he hit over 900 dingers, only to see it displayed as 146. If we all believe that he actually did hit over 900, then it must have been done in the exhibition games that filled in the rest of his schedule each summer.

As a boy (58 now) I was a bat boy for a AAA team and was told all about Josh Gibson by the old timers and he sounded incredible. Clearly his home run percentage is impressive.

Now for the comedown.....when I look at these stats it is impossible to say he wasn't a great hitter, but unless you believe that all of the pitchers in the Negro leagues were as good or better then the one's in MLB (which seems doubtful, statistically), not to mention the ones he hit homers against in exhibitions, it starts to become more difficult for me to believe that he was, without a doubt, a better home run hitter than Ruth, Aaron, or Bonds.

Please don't perceive this as a slight to JG, I hate the injustice that he and so many others suffered at the hands of MLB, but it seems clear to me that his legend has possibly transcended the facts we have at hand. One thing is for sure though, I haven't heard of anyone in a professional league EVER hitting over .500 in a 50 game season, so I could be.....wait for it......"off base" with my opinion.

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almost 8 years ago

I was whatching the baseball network last night and the said he may have hit 950 home-runs. So you guys should to your homework better. and he hit way better too.

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almost 8 years ago

If you take the above stats and times by the nomal at bats , he hit usally between 35 and 60 something HR a year. Except for '39, he would have hit over 100 dingers.

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over 8 years ago

The most significant stat I can glean from these limited numbers is Josh's whose AB/HR ratio is 11.5. Compare this to Babe Ruth, whose ratio is 1 Hr per 11.76 AB., and Barry Bonds' 1 HR for every 12.92 AB. Indeed, it appears that Mr. Gibson was every bit the prodigious homerun hitter that Babe Ruth was, maybe a litter better, of course such comparisons are frought with difficult.

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over 8 years ago

Just who the hell came up with these crazy statistics!? Josh Gibson hit way more homeruns than that!

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over 9 years ago

Josh Gibson hit at least 5 times as many home runs than what is listed above. It is a crime that we will never know for sure. The same goes for Paige and Cool Papa Bell along with so many others.

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almost 10 years ago

i think josh gibson was a macnificent baseball player he is one of my favoritebaseball players.