The Best Pitcher in Baseball: The Life of Rube Foster, Negro League Giant

The Best Pitcher in Baseball: The Life of Rube Foster, Negro League Giant

by Robert Charles Cottrell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814716156

ISBN-13: 9780814716151

Pub. Date: 04/01/2004

Publisher: New York University Press

When Rube Foster was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981, his rightful place alongside baseball's greatest black heroes was at last firmly established. A world-class pitcher, a formidable manager, and a brilliant administrator, Rube Foster was arguably more influential in breaking down the color barrier in major league baseball than the

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When Rube Foster was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981, his rightful place alongside baseball's greatest black heroes was at last firmly established. A world-class pitcher, a formidable manager, and a brilliant administrator, Rube Foster was arguably more influential in breaking down the color barrier in major league baseball than the venerable Jackie Robinson.

Born in 1879, Rube Foster pitched for the legendary black baseball teamsthe Cuban X-Giants and the Philadelphia Giants before becoming player-manager of the Leland Giants and the Chicago American Giants. Long a central figure in black baseball, he founded baseball's first black league—the Negro National League— in 1920. From its inception, the Negro League served as a vehicle through which many of the finest black players could showcase their considerable talents. Challenging racial discrimination and stereotypes, it ultimately set the stage for future efforts to contest Jim Crow.

Despite the long-standing success of the Negro National League as an influential black institution, Rube Foster was deeply embittered by organized baseball's unmitigated refusal to lift the color barrier. He died a broken man in 1930.

The Best Pitcher in Baseball is the story of a man of unparalleled vision and organizational acumen whose passion for justice changed the face of baseball forever. It is a moving tribute to a man and his dream.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814716151
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
654,349
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction1
1The Best Pitcher in the Country7
2At the Top of His Game20
3A Return to the Midwest32
4The Leland Giants49
5The Chicago American Giants and the Making of a Black Baseball Dynasty62
6Another Championship78
7The Dynasty Is Interrupted89
8Back on Top in Wartime106
9Rube Ball120
10Black Baseball and the Segregated Community126
11Organizing Black Baseball141
12Czar of Black Baseball158
13Rube Foster's Legacy174
14The Drive to Cooperstown184
Notes191
Bibliography221
Index225
About the Author232

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