Josh Gibson dethrones Ty Cobb as baseball’s lifetime batting average champ after Negro League stats added to MLB stats

Baseball legend Ty Cobb’s career batting average of .367 has stood as a major league record for nearly a century, but there is now a new leader in the category: Josh Gibson, with a career batting average of .372.

The sudden dethronement was one of several notable changes after the records of more than 2,300 Negro League players were incorporated into the major league record books on Tuesday after a three-year research project. The Associated Press reported..

The move was made “as a sign of respect for the great players who played in the Negro Leagues due to circumstances beyond their control.”

According to the Associated Press, Gibson’s .466 batting average in a season he recorded with the Homestead Grays in 1943 is currently the best of all time, with Charlie “Chino” Smith’s .451 average in a season he recorded with the New York Lincoln Giants in 1929 being second on the list. The press added that the previous record-holder was Hugh Duffy’s .440 average in 1894 for the National League’s Boston team.

According to the Associated Press, Gibson led the all-time record in slugging percentage (.718) and OPS (1.177), surpassing Babe Ruth (.690 and 1.164). According to MLB, OPS is the sum of on-base percentage and slugging percentage, which measures how effectively a player gets on base and how good their batting average and slugging ability are.

Additionally, according to the Associated Press, Gibson’s 1937 slugging percentage of .974 is currently the record, while Barry Bonds’ 2001 slugging percentage of .863 has dropped to fifth place. The press added that Mules Suttles’ 1926 slugging percentage of .877, Gibson’s 1943 slugging percentage of .871 and Smith’s 1929 slugging percentage of .870 are currently the second, third, and fourth best slugging percentages.

According to the Associated Press, Gibson posted a 1.474 OPS in 1937 and a 1.435 OPS in 1943, again surpassing all other players, moving him from first to third behind Bonds’ 1.421 OPS in 2004.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the move was “a sign of respect for the great players who thrived in the Negro Leagues under circumstances beyond their control and then proved themselves to be true major leaguers when their circumstances changed,” according to a statement from the league’s president. “Probably most importantly, it’s the success of players who came from the Negro Leagues to the major leagues.”

Blaze TVFearlessIn the podcast, he offered this opinion on the addition of Negro league statistics to MLB statistics, especially in relation to Cobb’s claim to the throne: “Taking Ty Cub off his all-time batting lead is likely a big part of the motivation for rewriting baseball history. Ty Cub was a vile bigot, but he’s still 100 times better than a pro-abortion person. Let’s hope no one who would pay for an abortion ever plays in the major leagues.”

This story has been updated.

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