Rube Foster in His Time: On the Field and in the Papers with Black Baseball's Greatest Visionary

Rube Foster in His Time: On the Field and in the Papers with Black Baseball's Greatest Visionary

by Larry Lester
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

The Courier
This definitive biography combines period editorials and correspondence with insightful narrative to provide a comprehensive portrait of this innovative Hall of Famer...pays overdue tribute to an authentic American baseball icon
SABR Deadball Committee Newsletter
"in this work, Larry Lester goes beyond what many researchers could expect to find in gleaning the information necessary for this exceptionally well-documented look at the black game's early years...while Lester tells the story well, it is the research accompanying the narrative that stands out...outstanding...fascinating...recommend"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786439270
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/31/2012
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
843,210
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet 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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