To know Negro League Baseball history is to know that Pittsburgh is the only place that can boast of supporting two Negro League teams-- the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Homestead Grays. And to know Pittsburgh's Negro League teams is to know superstar catcher Josh Gibson--the only player who compares to and, some say, surpasses baseball legend Babe Ruth.
Josh Gibson, who became known as The Black Babe Ruth, began his Hall of Fame career with the Pittsburgh Crawfords in 1929. Gibson played at Pittsburgh's Ammons Field, adjacent to what was then Greenlee Field, the nation's first African-American-built and owned professional baseball venue. In his 16-year career in Pittsburgh and beyond, Gibson won nine home run titles, four batting championships and held a .359 lifetime batting average.
In 1996, a historical marker commemorating Josh Gibson's career was erected at Ammons Field that reads: "Hailed as Negro leagues' greatest slugger, he hit some 800 home runs in a baseball career that began here at Ammons Field in 1929. He played for Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords, 1930-46. Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, 72." The field was renamed the Josh Gibson Field in 2007.
This is a public site and is open year-round.