Gibson and the Grays
In reading your article about the old Negro baseball leagues, Remembering Their Game (July 6), I was interested to learn that almost every player spoke about the feared Homestead Grays. Please tell us more about the team and the Gray who scared everyone with his great play, Josh Gibson. A picture would be nice, too.
?Gibson, a catcher, performed for the Homestead Grays (who played home games in Forbes Field and were named for an industrial area outside of Pittsburgh) from 1930 to '33, '37 to '40, and '42 to '46. Between '37 and '45 the Grays won nine straight Negro National League pennants. Since the leagues didn't keep complete records and Gibson played in semipro as well as Negro league games, there are few stats that accurately reflect his formidable career, though by one accounting he had a lifetime batting average of .354. Whatever his numbers may have been, Gibson, who was known as the Brown Bambino, is considered to have been the leagues' best hitter.—ED.