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"Cottrell's biography of Foster is a solid contribution to the literature on one of the unjustifiably dark corners of baseball history."
-Elysian Fields Quarterly,
"Rube Foster ranks with Charles Comiskey, Connie Mack, and John McGraw as one of the founding giants of modern baseball. As player, manager, owner, and executive he set the standard for baseball in black America during the early twentieth century. The Best Pitcher In Baseball clearly establishes Foster's greatness and his extraordinary contributions to the national pastime."
-Jules Tygiel,author of Past Time: Baseball As History
"Robert Charles Cottrell's definitive biography of Rube Foster adds much to our knowledge of this commanding figure in the history of the old black baseball leagues."
-Robert Peterson,author of Only the Ball Was White
"He deftly examines Foster's outstanding career on the diamond in the early 1900s...Cottrell effectively documents Foster's contributions to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981."
|1||The Best Pitcher in the Country||7|
|2||At the Top of His Game||20|
|3||A Return to the Midwest||32|
|4||The Leland Giants||49|
|5||The Chicago American Giants and the Making of a Black Baseball Dynasty||62|
|7||The Dynasty Is Interrupted||89|
|8||Back on Top in Wartime||106|
|10||Black Baseball and the Segregated Community||126|
|11||Organizing Black Baseball||141|
|12||Czar of Black Baseball||158|
|13||Rube Foster's Legacy||174|
|14||The Drive to Cooperstown||184|
|About the Author||232|