By Christopher Brito

17th December 2020 / 6:35 p.m.
/ CBS News

When Sean Gibson heard on Wednesday that Major League Baseball would officially recognize the Negro Leagues as the “Major League” a century after they were founded, he couldn’t believe it

“You know how to look at something. Do you clean your eyes to make sure you see what you think you see?” Sean said in an interview with CBS News on Thursday, “It was one of those things.” P>

Sean’s great-grandfather Josh Gibson was considered one of the greatest players in Negro Leagues history He died in 1947, months before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in MLB, but his legacy lives on The Hall of Fame catcher has a career Hit average of 354 and 962 home runs – 200 more than Barry Bonds’ MLB record, according to Negro Leagues historian James A. Riley

Bonds even suggested that Gibson holds the record for the most home runs in a season, reported The San Francisco Chronicle “In my heart it belongs to Josh Gibson,” Bonds said in July 2003, according to the newspaper, “Why doesn’t it count? Why doesn’t any of these stats count? If Josh Gibson is the self-led king, you realize it “

Black Babe Ruth is also credited with destroying a 580 foot home run at the old Yankee Stadium

The MLB will now work with the Elias Sports Bureau to examine how the new denomination changes could affect the record books.It is possible that players who have beaten MLB records in the Negro League will receive credit for their achievements received

Sean, the executive director of the Josh Gibson Foundation, told CBS News that the announcement was an “excellent” first step but said he still had questions about next steps, including potential family video game royalties >

“Now we need to know what’s going to happen from now on,” he said, “What’s next from here?”

The inclusion of Negro league statistics could potentially crown Gibson king of home races and make him the all-time leader in the league, Sean said he was biding his time

“I don’t know because they don’t count all of Josh’s homers,” he said, “Because the Negro leagues played against barnstorming teams, both against some Sandlot teams and against semi-pro teams. These games are going to be not accounted for So they’re just in the air But they’ll spot some of the other big categories “

The Negro leagues consisted of seven leagues: the Negro National League, the Eastern Colored League, the American Negro League, the East-West League, the Negro Southern League, the Negro National League (II) and the Negro American League The leagues were created because black players were banned from joining the national and American leagues. In 1969, the Special Committee on Baseball Records identified six leagues from which statistics and facts should be recognized.The committee did not recognize the Negro leagues, which is MLB now referred to as a bug

At the moment, Sean said the policy change will help get Josh’s name on the baseball MVP trophy. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced earlier this year that it will remove the name of the late Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis who maintained the league’s color barrier during his tenure

“The same guy who stopped Josh Gibson and other great Negro League baseball players from playing in the big leagues How ironic would it be if one of those guys who was turned down replaced the person who kept them away from baseball? ”He said

When asked if his great-grandfather should be in the greatest entertainment ever, Sean said he hopes it is

“We all considered Joshua the greatest anyway,” he said, “That’s how I saw it”

First published on 17 December 2020 / 6:35 p.m.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for CBS News, who focuses on sports and stories related to race and culture

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