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In honor of “Throwback Thursday,” I would like to highlight the Father of “African-American” baseball. Andrew Foster, known by most as “Rube,” founded the Negro National League in December of 1920, in which Foster invited 8 owners to Kansas City to form what we would become the strongest league to oppose major league baseball. During it’s existence, the NNL would serve as a league that would fight off the poachers, i.e. booking agents of the times from coming in and using up the best players and paying them less and taking more money from the gate and still treating the players as 2nd rate players/people. Rube was not only the founder, but he wore many hats within the league and coupled with being told at a meeting, with then American League president Ban Johnson and former Yankees manager John McGraw, that “it wasn’t the right time for African-American players in the major leagues,” and not long after that meeting, he suffered a mental breakdown in 1926 and was committed to a mental institution where he would stay until his death at the age of 51.

Andrew “Rube” Foster, the founding Father of the Negro National League.


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