Monday, January 4, 2010

Cards That Need to Be- Andrew “Rube” Foster Cut Auto

After reading on Sports Collector's Daily, today, about the US Postal Service's plan to honor the godfather of African-American baseball on a postage stamp, I became curious whether this pioneer of the game had a cut autograph card. There very well may be, but I couldn't find evidence of one.

This would be an excellent personality to immortalize in cardboard. Andrew "Rube" Foster does have a couple of insert cards, both from 2001 in the form of Fleer Traditions, Stitches In Time, and 2001 Topps Negro League Greats. You can see both here.

His bio on the website for the Negro League Baseball Players Association, reads as follows:

"Andrew (Rube) Foster was a great pitcher in his prime, but he is not generally remembered for his arm. Rube is the man that organized the first black baseball league, the Negro National League. Due to his great management, the league stayed together for many years.

His first year in baseball was spent as a pitcher in the Chicago Union Giants franchise. He finished the year with 51 victories including a win against the great pitcher, Rube Waddell (that's where Foster got his nickname). He continued his awesome pitching into the next year compiling a 54-1 record with the Cuban X-Giants. He joined the Philadelphia Giants squad the next year, winning 2 games in the playoffs against his former teammates. He began his managerial career with the Leland Giants in 1907 when Frank Leland hired Foster to play and manage with the team.

In 1910, following his brilliant playing career, he organized one of the best black teams in history, the Chicago American Giants. Players such as John Henry Lloyd, Pete Hill, and Home Run Johnson were on this team. Sometimes, even Foster himself played on the team as a pitcher. The American Giants absolutely demolished all other competition, winning an estimated 11 championships.

In 1920, Foster established the first formal Negro League, called the Negro National League. The league flourished for ten great years until his sudden death in 1930. Rube Foster was finally recognized for his priceless achievements when he was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981."


James said...

Great idea and blog post.
I wish there were more to honor this history. The league did great under his direction and story of him winning the "Rube" name from Waddell is awesome.

Carl Crawford Cards said...

There straight up needs to be a Negro League set, with all the bells and whistles of the major releases. People would be all over that.

As for him being another "Rube," I wonder if he was half as insane as Waddell. If so, I shudder to think there were two guys like that out there.

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