Murphy, Mets dispatch Nationals for sixth straight win

April 29, 2011

Washington DC – Navy Yard: Nationals Park – Josh Gibson statue
Washington Nationals
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The statue of Josh Gibson by husband and wife team, Omri Amrany and Julie Rotblatt, was erected in the Center Field Plaza of Nationals Park in 2009. The white bronze statue, along with those of fellow DC baseball heroes, Frank Howard and Walter Johnson, seeks to capture the fourth dimension of movement.

Josh Gibson was a catcher for the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords of Negro Leagues from 1930 to 1946. He also played for Ciudad Trujillo in Trujillo’s Dominican League and for Veracruz in the Mexican League. Known as the "black Babe Ruth", he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. The greatest power hitter in black baseball, it is believed he hits "almost 800" homers despite playing most of his 17-year career in two of baseball’s most cavernous ballparks, Forbes Field and Griffith Stadium. In recorded at-bats against big league pitching, Gibson batted .426. Tragically, Gibson died from a brain tumor at the age of 35, just three months before the integration of baseball in the Major Leagues.

Nationals Park, located along the Anacostia River in the Navy Yard neighborhood, replaced RFK Stadium as the home for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball in 2008. The ballpark, designed by Populous (formerly HOK Sport) and Devrouax & Purnell Architects and Planners, seats 41,888 fans and cost 1 million to build. The park’s name echoes the original name of the early-1900s ballpark used by the Washington Senators/Nationals, which was called National Park until it was rebuilt and renamed Griffith Stadium.

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