Josh Gibson was a catcher in the Negro Leagues from 1930-1946. He dominated the league with his powerful hitting feats and hit a high of 75 home runs in 1931.
Roy Campanella, the Hall of Fame catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, once said this about Josh Gibson, 'When I broke in with the Baltimore Elite Giants in 1937, there were a hundred legends about him. Once you saw him play, you knew they were all true. I couldn't carry his bat or glove. The stories of his 500-foot home runs are all true, because I saw them. And he was one of those sluggers that seldom struck out. You couldn't fool him; he was too quick with the bat.' The 'Pittsburgh Courier' wrote of a Josh Gibson home run traveling 512 feet, as measured by the Monessen, Pennsylvania town's major in 1930. Josh Gibson's most celebrated, legendary feat was hitting a blast in 1934 that cleared the roof in Yankee Stadium - the only player ever to do so. Baseballhistorian.com Research Dept.
The United States honored Josh Gibson with a postage stamp