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The Best Pitcher in Baseball: The Life of Rube Foster, Negro League Giant Hardcover – December 1, 2001
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From Library Journal
Andrew (Rube) Foster was a star pitcher, winning manager, and founder of the Negro National League. But was he better than Cy Young, Walter Johnson, or any other hurler? Cottrell (1920: The Black Sox, Blackball, and the Babe) so contends in this admiring view. He covers Foster's successes and disappointments, his fight for equality, and his belated election to the Hall of Fame in 1981. Sadly, Foster died in 1930, too soon to see the game's integration. The photos and other illustrations add luster to this black baseball-era tribute. A worthy addition to most sports history shelves. [Cottrell is also an LJ reviewer. Ed.] Morey Berger, St. Joseph's Hosp. Lib., Tucso.
- Morey Berger, St. Joseph's Hosp. Lib., Tucson
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Cottrell's biography of Foster is a solid contribution to the literature on one of the unjustifiably dark corners of baseball history."-Elysian Fields Quarterly
"Rube Foster ranks with Charles Comiskey, Connie Mack, and John McGraw as one of the founding giants of modern baseball. As player, manager, owner, and executive he set the standard for baseball in black America during the early twentieth century. The Best Pitcher In Baseball clearly establishes Foster's greatness and his extraordinary contributions to the national pastime."-Jules Tygiel,author of Past Time: Baseball As History
"He deftly examines Foster's outstanding career on the diamond in the early 1900s...Cottrell effectively documents Foster's contributions to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981."-Choice
“Robert Charles Cottrell's definitive biography of Rube Foster adds much to our knowledge of this commanding figure in the history of the old black baseball leagues."-Robert Peterson,author of Only the Ball Was White
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