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Sept. 3, 1943 Josh Gibson Photograph

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $4,312.50

"Josh the Basher" original photograph (5 ½" x 8") by Wright and Riley of Washington D.C. appears to have been taken on a special recognition day for Josh Gibson where he was presented with luggage, a flower arrangement, and an oversized bat. Gibson's feats are legendary. Often referred to as the "Black Babe Ruth," Gibson is credited with 962 lifetime home runs against all levels of competition. Records show Gibson hit .354 lifetime in the Negro Leagues. .373 in Mexico, .353 in Cuba, .412 vs. major leaguers, and .479 in Puerto Rico. Josh received the nickname "Josh the Basher" while producing record setting home run totals while playing in Mexico. Following WWII there was a significant decline in his health and abilities. He suffered a nervous breakdown and personal problems from excessive drinking. He died in 1947 at the age of 35. Some say that he died of a broken heart from not being chosen to be the first black player to play in the majors. Gibson was elected to the Hall of Fame (along with Homestead Grays teammate Buck Leonard) in 1972. One of the most striking and instantly memorable images of the great Josh Gibson, receiving recognition for his legendary abilities in the Negro Leagues, an honor that he was never given the opportunity to achieve in the major leagues. From the archives of the Baltimore Afro-American. Date stamp, notations relating to publication, and Wright and Riley Photographers ink stamp on reverse. Near Mint. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $4,312.50

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