The Best Pitcher in Baseball: The Life of Rube Foster, Negro League Giant [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview


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.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Andrew (Rube) Foster was a star pitcher, winning manager, and founder of the Negro National League. But was he better than Cy Young, Walter Johnson, or any other hurler? Cottrell (1920: The Black Sox, Blackball, and the Babe) so contends in this admiring view. He covers Foster's successes and disappointments, his fight for equality, and his belated election to the Hall of Fame in 1981. Sadly, Foster died in 1930, too soon to see the game's integration. The photos and other illustrations add luster to this black baseball-era tribute. A worthy addition to most sports history shelves. [Cottrell is also an LJ reviewer. Ed.] Morey Berger, St. Joseph's Hosp. Lib., Tucson Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814772362
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author


Robert Charles Cottrell is Professor of History and American Studies at California State University-Chico. His books include include Izzy: A Biography of I.F. Stone and Roger Nash Baldwin and the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1
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
6 Another Championship 78
7 The Dynasty Is Interrupted 89
8 Back on Top in Wartime 106
9 Rube Ball 120
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
Notes 191
Bibliography 221
Index 225
About the Author 232
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