Rube Foster

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Note: This page links to Hall of Famer and former Negro Leaguer Andrew "Rube" Foster. For the pitcher named George "Rube" Foster who played from 1913 to 1917, click here.

Foster at the 1924 Negro League World Series

Andrew Bishop Foster

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1981

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Biographical Information[edit]

The half-brother of Bill Foster, Rube Foster was a pitcher, manager, and executive in the Negro Leagues. He was one of the founders of the Negro National League and won the league's first-three pennants as manager of the Chicago American Giants. Quote: "(Foster is) the most finished product I've ever seen in the pitcher's box." Frank Chance.

He played for the Otsego Independents, Otsego, Michigan - a 'white' semi-pro team in the Michigan State League, in 1902 before signing with the Cuban X-Giants late in that season.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NNL Pennants: 3 (1920-1922)
  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1981

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1920 Chicago American Giants Negro National League 49-21 1st Chicago American Giants League Champs
1921 Chicago American Giants Negro National League 55-29 1st Chicago American Giants League Champs
1922 Chicago American Giants Negro National League 45-31 3rd Chicago American Giants League Champs
1923 Chicago American Giants Negro National League 48-29 2nd Chicago American Giants
1924 Chicago American Giants Negro National League 55-27 2nd Chicago American Giants
1925 Chicago American Giants Negro National League 57-41 3rdd Chicago American Giants
1926 Chicago American Giants Negro National League 27-17 -- Chicago American Giants Replaced by Dave Malarcher

Further Reading[edit]

  • Matt Kelly: "Rube Foster: The Father of Black Baseball", "The Negro Leagues", mlb.com [1]
  • Larry Lester: Rube Foster in His Time: On the Field and in the papers with Black Baseball's Greatest Visionary, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2012. ISBN 978-0-7864-3927-0
  • Matt Monagan: "Rube Foster once staged 11-bunt comeback - Including six straight suicide squeezes", mlb.com, September 8, 2020. [2]

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