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Andrew Rube Foster
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Baseball Player
    (September 17, 1879-December 9, 1930)
    Pitched for various black baseball teams (1897-1917)
    Nicknamed 'Rube' after winning a pitching duel against Major Leaguer Rube Waddell
    Co-owner and manager of the Chicago American Giants (1911-26)
    Organized the Negro National League (NNL) and was the first president (1920-26)
    Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (1981)
    He formally adopted his nickname as his middle name.
    He smoked a pipe.
    As NNL president, he was accused of favoring his American Giants in scheduling and personnel decisions.
    He struck a pedestrian while backing his car out of his garage.
    He suffered a nervous breakdown, began chasing imaginary fly balls and failed to recognize his own family.
    He was institutionalized for the last four years of his life.
    Honus Wagner called him 'the smartest pitcher I've ever seen.'
    As a manager, he was credited with pioneering the bunt and run.
    White major leaguers attended American Giants games to study Foster's tactics.
    The NNL drew up to 4,000,000 fans a year.
    His dream of a World Series between baseball's best black team and best white team was stymied when Major League Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis refused.
    Landis told Foster, 'When you beat our teams, it gives us a black eye.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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