Thursday, May 28, 2015

Story time: Walter Lee "Dirk" Gibbons

I work as a fire inspector and one day was inspecting the University of Tampa, while in line at the excellent buffet in the employees lounge. This older gentleman told me he liked my Braves hat and sat with me, turns out he played for the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro Leagues shortly before Hank Aaron arrived and gave me this card which he signed for me.  Nice guy and we talked for a while over lunch about his life in the Negro Leagues.

This was a few years ago, probably 2012 but I found this card while sorting this weekend. I need to find an original card of his and go down there and see if I can get him to sign it for me. He is from Tampa and played for several teams in the Negro Leagues, here is a link with more info on him.


  1. Wow- that's pretty awesome. Thanks for sharing! Great to hear stories about the old Negro League players.

  2. He passed on the 24th of July.....

    1. I am sorry to hear that, may he rest in peace.