Rube Foster (AL pitcher)

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Rube Foster
George Rube Foster.jpg
Pitcher
Born: (1888-01-05)January 5, 1888
Lehigh, Oklahoma
Died: March 1, 1976(1976-03-01) (aged 88)
Bokoshe, Oklahoma
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 10, 1913 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1917 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Win-Loss 58-33
Earned run average 2.36
Strikeouts 294
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • 2nd in the AL in ERA in 1914 with 1.70
  • World Series Champion 1915 and 1916

George "Rube" Foster (January 5, 1888 in Lehigh, Oklahoma – March 1, 1976 in Bokoshe, Oklahoma) was a Major League Baseball player. Foster was a right-handed pitcher with the Boston Red Sox from 1913 to 1917 and won two World Series championships with the team in 1915 and again in 1916.

Foster was picked up by the Boston Red Sox and made his major league debut for the team on April 10, 1913. Foster acted as a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher for the team during the 19 games he pitched in during the season. Foster posted a 3–3 record with a 3.16 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 68.3 innings pitched.

Foster's sophomore season in the big leagues was one of his best, in which he pitched in 32 games, while starting in 27 of them. He finished with a 14–8 record, and finished second in the American League with an impressive 1.70 ERA. Foster was only behind his Boston Red Sox teammate, Dutch Leonard, who posted a 0.96 ERA, which is now considered the modern day all-time single-season record.

In 1915, Foster posted a 20–8 record, and another impressive 2.11 ERA. Foster most effectively showed his importance to the team in the 1915 World Series where he picked up 2 complete game wins and only gave up 4 earned runs and struck out 13 batters in 18.0 innings. With the bat, Foster went 4-for-8, with a double and an RBI.

Foster had another good campaign in 1916 acting as a starting pitcher and relief pitcher. He went 14–7 in the season, and posted a decent 3.06 ERA. In the 1916 World Series, Foster came in relief in Game 3, and pitched three scoreless innings. The Red Sox ended up winning the series 4 games to 1, and became the first back-to-back winners of the World Series since the Philadelphia Athletics had done it 5 years earlier.

Foster went back to a mainly starting role in 1917, posting an 8–7 record with a 2.53 ERA.

Before the start of the 1918 season, Foster was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Dave Shean. Rube Foster refused to report to his new team and so the Red Sox sent cash to the Reds to complete the trade.[1]

Rube Foster's baseball career ended, and he finished his major league career with 58–33 career pitching record, a 2.36 earned run average and 294 strikeouts in 842.3 innings pitched.

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Preceded by
Tom Hughes
No-hitter pitcher
June 21, 1916
Succeeded by
Bullet Joe Bush