The Ghost and Josh Gibson
by Robert Joseph Ahola
Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige, both black and arguably the
two greatest baseball players who ever lived, meet on a warm winter night in
1947 just before Jackie Robinson is brought up to the Brooklyn Dodgers as
the first African American ever to play Major League Baseball. A poignant
last encounter between two baseball legends takes place when pitcher,
Satchel, learns that Josh ("The Black Babe Ruth") is dying of terminal brain
*AUTHOR’S NOTE: Although the
baseball records, career highlights, professional association and personal
friendship of these two are established, some details have been altered for
Josh Gibson’s attractive unmarried sister; a black woman about
massive, powerful (but obviously ailing) black ballplayer, about 35.
A tall, lean, nattily attired, black pitcher of some renown in his 40s.
younger white announcer a la Bill Stern.
old, white ball player and baseball professional.
Scene 1: Announcer’s Booth. Radio Show.
Scene 2: Josh Gibson’s Living Room in Georgia. March. 1947.
Scene 3: The Same Living Room in October 1948.
Scene 3A: (Simultaneously) Announcers Booth on the fly space.
"funny, poignant portrayal of the last meeting of Negro" ... by Amazon
"A warm, funny, poignant portrayal of the last meeting of Negro
League legends Satchell Paige and Josh Gibson. Brilliantly done."
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