Sean Gibson

Sean L. Gibson

Sean L. Gibson is the great-grandson of Baseball Hall of Fame legend  Josh Gibson.  Sean has dedicated his life to the preservation of Josh's legacy and is the Executive Director of the Josh Gibson Foundation, a Pittsburgh area non-profit organization.  The Josh Gibson Foundation was established in 1994 in an effort to keep the memory of Pittsburgh's beloved Josh Gibson and the entire Negro League alive.  The foundation partners with Duquesne University by matching up college students with elementary and middle school youth for tutoring.  The foundation also sponsors the Josh Gibson Little League. 
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There is likely no greater expert on the history of the Negro Leagues than Sean who speaks to a variety of groups throughout the year teaching on the significance of these great men who played the game before Jackie Robinson integrated baseball in 1947.

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 Josh Gibson, the man that many regard as the greatest Negro League player ever, was born on December 21, 1911 in Buena Vista, Georgia.  He relocated to southwestern Pennsylvania in 1924 after his father found work in a Pittsburgh area steel mill.  Josh began catching for the Pittsburgh Crawfords in 1927.  With the addition of Gibson, the Crawfords rose to the top of the city's sandlot teams and challenged Cumberland Posey's Homestead Grays, a stellar club of Black professional baseball players from across the nation.

During Gibson's career, he played ball with Hall of Famers Oscar Charleston, Cool Papa Bell, Judy Johnson, and Satchel Paige. The Homestead Grays won an unprecedented nine consecutive Negro National League pennants with Gibson behind the plate.

 

Due to sporadic statistical accounting in the Negro Leagues, reports vary regarding the number of home runs Josh Gibson hit, with some estimates as high as 962. During his career, Gibson never played on a losing team. Moreover, it was rumored that Pittsburgh Pirates owner Bill Benswanger signed Josh to a Major League contract in 1943, a full four years before Jackie Robinson entered the league, but Major League Baseball Commissioner Kennesaw Landis allegedly would not allow Gibson to play.

 If your organization is looking for an expert on Negro League baseball, Sean Gibson knows its history from a personal viewpoint.  

2011 Events

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 Atlanta Athletes Celebrate Tom Molineaux, December 18, 2010 

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Cleveland Indians Heritage Hall of Fame Weekend August 7, 2010

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Third Annual Double Duty Classic: U.S. Cellular Field Chicago, IL June 30, 2010

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News & Updates

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August 15, 2011: Sports Byline U.S.A. Radio Interview.  Click play to listen

June 22, 2011: Post Gazette. com- Gibson Foundation Honors Negro League

March 24, 2011 Penn State Greater Allegheny Presents: "Remembering Josh Gibson"

Josh Gibson Centennial Celebration to visit Penn State Greater Allegheny Campus March 24, 2011

February 16, 2011 Baysox Hosting 10th Annual Negro League Tribute

December 18, 2010:Atlanta Athletes Celebrate Tom Molineaux

August 2010: Heritage Day- Josh Gibson Night at PNC Field

August 7, 2010: Josh Gibson Traveling Exhibit at Cleveland Indians Heritage Weekend

August 2010: Akron Beacon Journal

July 2010: "93.7 The Fan" Interview with Sean Gibson

July 2010: JET Insider Newsletter; Sean Gibson speaks at Double Duty Classic

July 2010: White Sox Host Double Duty Classic

June 2010: Sean Gibson to Speak at 2010 Double Duty Classic Players Dinner

I-Newswire- March 2010: Negro League Historian Sean Gibson Signs Exclusively with Sports Celebrity Marketing




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