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Josh Gibson becomes MLB career and season hitter leader as Negro League stats are processed

NEW YORK — Josh Gibson became Major League Baseball’s career batting average of .372, surpassing Ty Cobb’s .367, as Negro Leagues records for more than 2,300 players were recorded Tuesday after a three-year research project.

Gibson’s .466 average for the 1943 Homestead Grays became the season standard, followed by Charlie “Chino” Smith’s .451 for the 1929 New York Lincoln Giants. They overtook Hugh Duffy’s .440 for the National League’s Boston team in 1894.

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