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01-19-2013, 11:14 PM
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The Pittsburgh Crawfords are thrilled to select the greatest catcher of all-time, C - Josh Gibson.

When he played for Homestead he split time between Forbes Field and Griffith Stadium (whenever the major league clubs decided they could use the extra revenue essentially), both very very tough parks on a hitter (in terms of power). The park he played in, in Cuba was 498 to left and over 500 to center. This was not Fulton County Stadium. He also played at Greenlee Field which was owner Gus Greenlee's park which he modeled after Forbes Field only he made the fence distance slightly larger because well he wanted a larger field than Forbes Field.

Because there was really no official statisician in the NEL prior to integration, after that the NEL decided it was the best way to compete in the press with the players getting signed by the white clubs, the stats will always be difficult to draw comparison from somewhat. But we do the best we can with what we are given.

Using the Major League Equivalents provided by baseballthinkfactory.org (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball_Think_Factory) given his recorded NEL stats, they extrapolate to career numbers of:

.327 average
410 Homeruns
.595 Slugging %
.431 OBP%
2165 Hits
175 OPS+

In 1930 Games or 6627 At Bats

Taking into account park factors, the fact that he had the best arm behind the plate in the NEL and his plate discipline, you are looking at the greatest catcher of all-time in Pwnasaurus' opinion.


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