Neyer: What’s to be done about Josh Gibson’s grave?

From SABR member Rob Neyer at Baseball Nation on July 29, 2013:

Most summers, my friends Bill, Hank, and I pull together a baseball-centric road trip, ultimately arriving at the annual SABR convention. We call it the Boondoggle, and here’s a series of reports from last year’s ‘doggle. Among the usual activities: Locating the final resting places of great players along our route, and paying tribute with a game of catch.

This year’s convention is happening in Philapelphia later this week. Saturday afternoon, we all arrived in Pittsburgh, and before dark went looking for Josh Gibson’s grave in old Allegheny Cemetery. We had the lot number, but we didn’t have a map and it’s a big, ill-marked cemetery. So we failed.

Sunday morning, this time armed with a map, we found Lot 50, set on a hillside, without any trouble and parked the car. But there were a great number of markers in Lot 5, and most of them simple stone markers set into the ground. So off we all went, searching blindly. I struck off on my own, as I usually do, and was touched by this marker.

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Originally published: July 29, 2013. Last Updated: July 29, 2013.