Unsung Heroes In Chicago History: Rube Foster, ‘Father Of Black Baseball’

In the early 1900s, before integration, Chicagoan Andrew “Rube” Foster was a key player and manager in the Negro leagues.

Members of the Chicago American Giants pose for a team portrait in 1914 in Chicago. (L to R) (Front row) Billy “Little Corporal” Francis, Richard “Dick” Whitworth, Joseph Preston “Pete” Hill, Andrew “Rube” Foster, Bruce Petway, James “Pete” Booker, unidentified. (Back row) Bill Gatewood, Jesse Barber (aka Barbour), Leroy Grant, John Henry “Pop” Lloyd, Robert “Jude” Gans.
Members of the Chicago American Giants pose for a team portrait in 1914 in Chicago. (L to R) (Front row) Billy "Little Corporal" Francis, Richard "Dick" Whitworth, Joseph Preston "Pete" Hill, Andrew "Rube" Foster, Bruce Petway, James "Pete" Booker, unidentified. (Back row) Bill Gatewood, Jesse Barber (aka Barbour), Leroy Grant, John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, Robert "Jude" Gans.
Members of the Chicago American Giants pose for a team portrait in 1914 in Chicago. (L to R) (Front row) Billy “Little Corporal” Francis, Richard “Dick” Whitworth, Joseph Preston “Pete” Hill, Andrew “Rube” Foster, Bruce Petway, James “Pete” Booker, unidentified. (Back row) Bill Gatewood, Jesse Barber (aka Barbour), Leroy Grant, John Henry “Pop” Lloyd, Robert “Jude” Gans.
Members of the Chicago American Giants pose for a team portrait in 1914 in Chicago. (L to R) (Front row) Billy "Little Corporal" Francis, Richard "Dick" Whitworth, Joseph Preston "Pete" Hill, Andrew "Rube" Foster, Bruce Petway, James "Pete" Booker, unidentified. (Back row) Bill Gatewood, Jesse Barber (aka Barbour), Leroy Grant, John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, Robert "Jude" Gans.

Unsung Heroes In Chicago History: Rube Foster, ‘Father Of Black Baseball’

In the early 1900s, before integration, Chicagoan Andrew “Rube” Foster was a key player and manager in the Negro leagues.

Throughout Black History Month, Reset will highlight a few of the unsung heroes in Chicago’s history. We start with Andrew “Rube” Foster, the so-called “Father of Black Baseball” and manager of the Chicago Union Giants.

GUEST: Larry Lester, baseball historian and author of Rube Foster in His Time: On the Field and in the Papers with Black Baseball’s Greatest Visionary