Rube Foster Cartoon


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Rube Foster Cartoon

As a manager, Rube Foster was well known for his baseball innovations that accelerated and added excitement to the game. The cartoon depicts a trick play that Foster utilized to reportedly win at least two games. With his men in position at second and third, Foster would yell out to the pitcher "let's see that ball," pretending to want to inspect the ball for marks or modifications that were illegal. The pitcher would toss the ball, Foster would let the ball sail past him, and his runners would head for home. As Foster nor any other person had called time-out, the ball was still live and the batters could advance. Showmanship was especially important in black baseball that often struggled with attendance.


This file appears in: Andrew "Rube" Foster