Chicago American Giants founder Rube Foster has been immortalized on a United States Postal Stamp. Below is a direct quote from the USPS:
In 1920, Andrew “Rube” Foster (1879–1930)—who began his baseball career as a pitcher—established the Negro National League, the first successful league of African-American teams. Nicknamed “Rube” after defeating major-league pitcher George Edward “Rube” Waddell in 1902, Foster is considered the “father” of Negro leagues baseball. He is featured on the stamp.
A total of two stamps are set to be released in 2010.
The two stamps, one featuring Rube Foster and the other featuring two unnamed players (one sliding, the other playing catcher) and one umpire, who incidentally is giving the safe sign, where released to the general public on July 15th at post offices throughout the United States. Both stamps carry a 44 cent value.
The stamp also received an additional ‘release party/celebration’ on August 20th, during an American Association game in Forth Worth Texas. The Forth Worth Cats pay tribute to the Negro Leagues, and will have the negro league stamps and commemorative envelopes on sale throughout the game.
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