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

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April 2004



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 teams--the Cuban X-Giants and the Philadelphia Giants--before becoming player-manager of the equally renowned 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. 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.


"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." --Choice "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 "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
EAN: 9780814716151
ISBN: 0814716156
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2004
Seitenanzahl: 232 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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