Active: 1930-1946
Teams: Grays/Crawfords


One of the saddest consequences of baseball’s 70 years of segregation is that we don’t have a full account of the badassery of players like Josh Gibson. But even if the reality is only half the legend, Gibson fits the bill. He hit something close to 800 home runs (against all levels of competition), and is said to have hit the only fair ball to completely leave Yankee Stadium. And he did it all young, dying in 1947 at the age of 35 from cancer.