Dec 28 2010

Homestead Grays of 1931

Homestead Grays

Homestead Grays of 1931

Considered by many to be black baseball’s best ballclub ever, this talented aggregation forged a 136-17 mark for the season. With no league in the east, Cum Posey’s men played as an independent ballclub. Featuring Josh Gibson in his first full season and veteran Smokey Joe Williams in his latter years, the team was so strong that superstar slugger Oscar Charleston batted lead-off. Other strong players on the team included Jud “Boojum” Wilson, George Scales, Vic Harris and Ted Page. Other pitchers were Lefty Williams, Willie Foster and Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe, who also relieved Gibson behind the plate. Gibson is credited with 75 homeruns that season, playing against all levels of competition, but in games against top black teams his homerun percentage, although still impressive, was less Ruthian.

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