Josh Gibson

Hall of Fame

Catcher

1930—1946

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Player LeveL
Legend
All-time rank
#60
Catcher RANK
#2

Player Detail

Joshua
GIVEN NAME
Gibson
SURNAME
December 21, 1911, in Buena Vista, GA
BORN
January 20, 1947, in Pittsburgh, PA, USA
DIED
1930—1946
Playing Career
Played from 18-34
PLAYING AGE
Memphis Red Sox
Pittsburgh Crawfords
Homestead Grays
Teams Played For
Catcher
PRIMARY POSITION
Homestead Grays
PRIMARY TEAM
1943, 1944 Grays
World Series titles
The Black Babe Ruth
NICKNAME
NA
UNIFORM NUMBER
#3 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
6-1 / 225
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Right / Right
BATTED / THREW
1930
Major League Debut
1946
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Josh Gibson?

Many consider him the greatest hitter in the history of the negro leagues. Gibson reportedly had as much (or possibly more) power than Babe Ruth.

75

HITTING

80

POWER

40

RUNNING

60

FIELDING

65

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE
Josh Gibson was the first player since Oscar Charleston to win consecutive batting Triple Crowns.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
598
806
165
725
.374
12 ALL-STAR SELECTIONS

Teammate Team

CATCHER:
First Base:
Second Base:
Shortstop:
Third Base:
Left Field:
Center Field:
Right Field:
Pitcher:
pitcher:
manager:

BEST SEASON

1943 Homestead Grays

31 Years Old

.466
AVG
20
HR
109
RBI
93
RUNS
.560
OBP
116
HITS
22
2B
9
3B
.868
SLG
52
BB
4
SB
6.3
WAR
These stats are for 69 league games.

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.374
.458
.719

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.1177
NA
UNK

PLAYER OPS COMPARED TO AVERAGE PLAYER AT HIS POSITION IN HIS LEAGUE AND ERA. OPS = ON-BASE + SLUGGING.

Hall of Fame Worthy?

JAWS JAWS BY HOFER
NR
43.9

PLAYER JAWS COMPARED TO HOF PLAYER AT HIS POSITION. JAWS = AVERAGE OF CAREER WAR & WAR7.

Josh Gibson Per Season

PER 600 PLATE APPEARANCES COMPARED TO Contemporaries AT HIS POSITION

AB H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB TB TRB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Gibson
584
218
166
36
16
45
196
89
UNK
11
UNK
UNK
.374
.458
.719
1177
AVG C
451

Josh Gibson Rankings

AT Catcher BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
2
NR
NR
NR
NR
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT Catcher BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
NR
NR
NR
NR
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Josh Gibson PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
53.0
34.7
25.3
17.3
4.40
BLUE = Josh Gibson
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME C

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
307.6
181.0
130.7
87.6
24.8
BLUE = Josh Gibson
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME C

— Explanation of Advanced Statistics —

Wins Above Replacement is a non-standardized sabermetric statistic developed to sum up a player’s total contributions to his team. A player’s WAR value is claimed to be the number of additional wins his team has achieved above the number of expected team wins if that player were substituted with a replacement-level player:

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called PLAYER PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Wins Above Replacement (WAR) per season (calculated for 162 games).

Advanced statistical method devised by Bill James. A Win Share represents one-third of a team win, by definition, and takes into account defense, offense, baserunning, park effects, and level of competition, era, and many other factors.

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Win Shares per season (calculated for 162 games).

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