Although Andrew "Rube" Foster (1879-1930) stands among the best African American pitchers of the 1900s, this baseball pioneer made his name as the founder and president of the Negro National League, the first all-black league to survive a full season. In addition to founding this groundbreaking black-owned and -operated business, Foster also founded and managed the Chicago American Giants, one of the most successful black baseball teams of the pre-integration era. This definitive biography combines period editorials and correspondence with insightful narrative to provide a comprehensive portrait of this innovative Hall of Famer. From the unstructured early days of black baseball, when Foster gained glory as a hard-throwing pitcher, through his struggles to establish the NNL and the Giants, to his tragic death from complications of syphilis, this work pays overdue tribute to an authentic American baseball icon.
About the author
Larry Lester is a founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, where he served as research director for several years. The co-chair of SABR's Negro Leagues Committee and the annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, he has written or edited six previous books and countless articles on the history of black baseball. Lester has been a contributing researcher on more than 150 books. He and his wife live in Raytown, Missouri.
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