Do You Know Rube Foster?
Born in Texas in 1879 as Andrew Foster, Rube as he was affectionately known, was one of the biggest baseball champions leading to the creation of the Negro National League, the first baseball league for African Americans. But, name doesn’t often come up in discussions about baseball greats. He was an eighth grade dropout, but everyone around him thought he was brilliant.
My paternal grandfather was often speaking of Rube Foster and his many achievements. The one that sticks most profoundly in my mind is him being one of the greatest African American pitchers. Another thing I remember about him is him starting his own team, Chicago American Giants. I was never a big baseball fan. I quickly tire of the game, though I do have a couple of teams I follow: the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals, naturally.
Rube Foster died on this day in 1930.