Foster, Bill

William H. Foster
Born: June 12, 1904, Rodney, Mississippi
Died: September 16, 1978, Lorman, Mississippi
Played For: 
Memphis Red Sox (1923-1924, 1938), Chicago American Giants (1923-1930, 1937), Birmingham Black Barons (1925), Homestead Grays (1931), Kansas City Monarchs (1931), Cole's American Giants (1932-1935), Pittsburgh Crawfords (1936)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1996

A southpaw with a good fastball, devastating changeup and pinpoint control, William Hendrick Foster -- Rube Foster's half-brother -- was one of the best pitchers in the original Negro National League for much of its 12-year existence. On the last day of the 1926 season, he won both ends of a crucial doubleheader to clinch the pennant for the Chicago American Giants. Then, in the ensuing World Series, he posted a 1.27 ERA. He was the leading vote-getter and winning pitcher in the inaugural East-West All-Star Game in 1933.

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Did You Know: 
that Bill Foster coached baseball at his alma mater, Alcorn State College, from 1960-77?
All the years I played, I never got a hit off him. He threw fire.
Buck Leonard