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Josh Gibson: A Life in the Negro Leagues Paperback – February 15, 2000
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A life of the 'black Babe Ruth' doubles as a history of the Negro Leagues. (Chicago Tribune)
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Most baseball fans are familiar with the legend of Josh Gibson, but Brashler brings readers behind the stories of one of the greatest hitters of all-time. Along with the glory accorded a player of such talent, there were disappointments as well. The death of his first wife and the subsequent abandonment of his children haunted Gibson throughout his playing career, and he often felt overshadowed by the showmanship of Satchel Paige.Read more ›
There wasn't a ton of information about Josh Gibson. That may be because there isn't a lot of info out there on him. Stats are hard to come by and he lived a short life. Maybe there just isn't much of a story to tell. That might explain my disappointment with the book. I probably would feel like I could give it a better review if it would have had a different title or perhaps a subtitle that explained the book's true content.
Not saying the book wasn't well written or well researched... I think it is well written. The author clearly writes at a level that is interesting and moves you through the book quickly and it is a short book with not a lot of detail.
My big beef and this is why I would give it a poor rating. It just didn't focus on Josh Gibson. It focuses more on the negro leagues as a whole. A different title and a better understanding of the book's subject matter with a good intro or a subtitle would clear up the issue in my mind.
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Josh Gibson is one of my all-time favorite players. He is sometimes called the "Black Babe Ruth", but I think a better description is that Babe Ruth was the "White... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robert L. Gray
There are maybe a dozen well-known names from the first half of the twentieth century when African Americans played professional baseball in segregated Negro Leagues. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Roger D. Launius
Josh Gibson played 16 years in the Negro Leagues--1930-1945. He was the premier power hitter in the league at the time and was nicknamed "the black Babe Ruth. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mark R. Brewer
I really enjoyed this book and thought it shared a fair representation on the man. I would recommend this to anyone looking to learn more about Josh Gibson.Published on January 16, 2014 by Robert A. Keen
Josh Gibson was an awsome player that never got a chance to play in the MLB but he still ranks with the best catchers of all times.Published on February 21, 2013 by bruce plummer
It's the great chicken/egg debate, was Josh Gibson the black Babe Ruth or was Babe Ruth the white Josh Gibson. Thanks to narrow minded thinking we'll never really know. Read morePublished on September 26, 2005 by G. Harrah
This is among the very best books I have ever read. Easily the best biography and the best book on baseball (of which I have read a lot). Read morePublished on December 21, 2001 by Michael A. Buhl