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Rube Foster
Andrew ‘Rube’ Foster
Pitcher/First Baseman, Manager, Owner and Negro National League Commissioner.
In baseball history Andrew “Rube” Foster is considered the “Father of the Negro Leagues”. Rube was born on September 17, 1879, in Calvert, Texas. He died on December 9, 1930. He was the son of a Methodist Episcopal minister, and he carried these values throughout his life. As a youth, Rube fell in love with the game of baseball, so much so that he organized and ran a baseball team while still in grade school. After eighth grade he quit attending school to try to make a living playing baseball.
By the age of 17, Rube was the pitching ace for the Waco Yellow Jackets, an independent Negro team that toured Texas and neighboring states. He found that pursuing his dream was not going to be easy, as he and his teammates met with double discrimination. Not only were they subject to the Jim Crow laws of the south, but also were unwelcome in many Negro areas, as baseball and those who played it were considered lower class in the Negro community.
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